64 public schools in ZamPen to get DOST O/L Trap PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 10:27

In a bid to fight dengue, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will distribute a total 4,330 Ovicidal-Larvicidal (OL) Traps and 109,600 OL pellets to selected public elementary and secondary schools in Region IX during the upcoming OL trap trainings.

This SY 2015 – 2016, the deployment of OL trap will cover a total of 64 public schools in the entire region.  The breakdown of schools per division are as follows: Zamboanga City – 13; Zamboanga del Norte – 14; Dapitan City – 6; Dipolog City – 6; Pagadian City – 6; Zamboanga del Sur – 8; Sibugay – 9; and Isabela City – 2.

To ensure effective implementation of the project, DOST IX is conducting a Refresher’s Training on Sustained Nationwide Dengue Vector Surveillance (NDVS) Through OL Trapping on the following schedules : June 24 – Zamboanga City (Grand Astoria Hotel); July 2 - Sibugay Province (Sibugay Grand Plaza Hotel); July 7 – Zamboanga del Norte, Dipolog City and Dapitan City; July 9 – Zamboanga del Sur and Pagadian City.   The schedule of orientation for Isabela City is still being arranged.

OL trap / dengue coordinators of the identified DepEd schools are expected to participate in the training.  Representatives from other partner agencies were also invited to attend the activity.

The DOST OL Trap is a simple technology that kills the eggs and larvae of the female Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries the dengue virus. The black container attracts mosquitoes to lay their eggs on the lawanit strip soaked with the OL pellet-water solution. The OL pellets, made of organic and non-toxic material, attract mosquitoes and kill their young, in effect reducing the number of the next generation of mosquitoes.

The data collected from the traps will be uploaded to the NDVS website to give the public a better visual indicator in monitoring possible dengue outbreaks. The OL trap surveillance data which will be reported by DepEd recipient-schools through text or Small Messaging System (SMS) is accessible at http://dengue.ph.

The school-based OL Trap program intends to reduce the number of mosquito population in schools and communities, and subsequently lower dengue cases through the use of the OL Trap.

The project is implemented in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). — DOST IX