Celso cites significance of OL trap kit vs dengue PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 April 2011 14:06

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday lauded the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) regional office 9 together with the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) for introducing the so-called Ovicidal/Larvicidal (OL) trap system in the fight against dengue.

Lobregat said that dengue is one public health problem that is prevalent in the city, especially during rainy season, adding that last year alone the city had recorded more than a thousand cases with high mortality rate mostly children.

Records show that Region 9 registered a total of 4,686 dengue cases in 2010, of which 70 percent was in Zamboanga City.

In response to the problem, he said that city government is constantly conducting information and cleanliness campaigns to complement the usual fumigation activities in the severely affected barangays.

“There may have been positive results of our efforts, but definitely more has to be done in the fight against dengue. It has been a seasonal plague so sort, mainly during rainy season,” Lobregat said during the launching program yesterday morning at Tumaga Elementary School.

“I am happy that we have this OL trap system, thanks to the DOST and ITDI for introducing this system to Zamboanga City,” he said, as he led in the ceremonial turnover of the OL trap kits to Tumaga barangay chairperson Carolina Gaganting for the barangays 1,960 target households.

Developed by ITDI, an attached agency of DOST, the OL trap is a surveillance tool that will reduce the multiplication of the female (aedes) mosquito (FAM), a day-breeding mosquito known to the carrier of virus that causes dengue fever. The kit includes three components: a black tumbler, a lawanit board and organic pellets.

It was learned that DOST will 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 (4) four OL Trap kits and a six-month supply of the organic pellets formulated by DOST-ITDI. The traps will be inspected and cleaned thoroughly every after 6 or 7 days. The organic pellets will also be replaced every week for a period of six (6) months.

Present during the launching were DOST Regional Director Brenda Nazareth-Manzano together with her staff, DOH Regional Director Aristedes Tan, City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos, Councilors Lilia Nuño and Rogelio Valesco Jr., officials from barangay Tumaga headed by chairperson Carolina Gaganting and from the neighboring barangays — Vic Larato