DOST, DOH, CHO to launch mosquito OL traps in Tumaga PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 March 2011 16:15

The Department of Science and Technology  (DOST IX), in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH-9) and the City Health Office (CHO) is launching the DOST-ITDI Ovicidal/Larvicidal (OL) Trap on Friday, April 1, 9:00 a.m. at the Tumaga Elementary School.

This nationwide project aims to decrease the number of dengue-carrying mosquitoes and subsequently bring down the number of dengue cases in the country.

Mayor Celso L. Lobregat is expected to grace the event together with DOH Regional Director Dr. Aristides Tan, DOST Regional Director Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano, and City Health Officer Rodelin Agbulos.  Barangay Tumaga officials led by Barangay Chair Carol Gaganting, other government officials/representatives and some participating households are also expected to attend.

After the launching, a press conference will follow. The mapping/ identification of participating households will start on April 4, 2011, after which the OL Trap kits will be deployed.  Ten full-time workers named as “Ovi Trappers” will map the recipient- households, distribute and monitor the OL traps.

The Ovicidal/Larvicidal (OL) Trap is simple device developed by the DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI). It attracts the dengue-carrying female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and kills the eggs trapped in the kit. The OL trap kit includes three components: a black tumbler, a lawanit board and organic pellets.

The DOST is set to distribute a total of 200,000 OL Trap kits nationwide. Except for NCR, each region will receive 11,200 OL Trap kits to cover 2,800 households. NCR will get 20,800 OL trap kits to cover 5,200 households.   Each recipient-household will receive a set of four OL Trap kits and a six-month supply of the organic pellets formulated by DOST-ITDI.   The traps will be inspected / cleaned thoroughly every after 6 or 7 days. The organic pellets will also be replaced every week for the period of six  months.

In Region 9, the selected households-recipients are Barangay Tumaga, Zamboanga City (1,960 households); Dipolog City (560 households) and Pagadian City (280 households).  In 2010, DOH-9 recorded a total of 4,686 dengue cases in the region.   Of this, 70 % is in Zamboanga City while 20 % and 10% are in Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur, respectively.  Barangay Tumaga recorded the highest number of cases for the last three years, according to the DOH-9.  It is expected that the dengue cases in the area will be reduced because of this intervention.