DOST, DepEd, DOH partner anew to fight dengue in Zambo Peninsula PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 June 2012 14:30

The Department of Science and Technology-9 (DOST-9), together with the regional offices of the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH) and the various local health offices have joined forces anew in the fight against dengue fever in the region with the onset of the season when cases of this viral disease are usually high.

DOST Regional Director Brenda Nazareth-Manzano said they will distribute the DOST-ITDI (Industrial Technology Development Institute) developed Ovicidal/Larvicidal Traps (OL-Traps) in selected schools here in Zamboanga Peninsula.

Zamboanga Peninsula comprises of the cities of Dapitan, Dipolog, Isabela, Pagadian, and Zamboanga and the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur.

Manzano said the distribution of the OL traps is in line with the project “DOST OL-Trap System Nationwide Roll-out” spearheaded by DOST.

She said the DOST OL-Trap System Nationwide Roll-out is a project strengthened by the collaborative efforts of the DOST, DOH, DepEd, and Department of Interior Local Government (DILG) aimed to address the pressing concern on the prevalence of dengue.

Manzano said the developed OL trap system is a device used to control the population of Aedes mosquito, the carrier of dengue virus.

The OL trap can monitor and detect the presence of the Aedes mosquito, thus may act as an early warning signal to pre-empt any impending dengue outbreaks.

The developed mosquito trap offers a simple, cheap, and efficient tool for surveillance and control of these mosquitoes.

Through this project, Manzano said they hope to reduce dengue cases in the country and control the transmission of the virus.

The undertaking is covered by a memorandum of agreement (MOA) entered into by the four government agencies under the acronym ABKD (Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue).

The MOA to jointly undertake in the pursuit of addressing the pressing concern on the prevalence of dengue fever was signed on August 25, 2011 in Quezon City.

Under the MOA, Manzano said the DOST shall provide for the OL Trap kits, six-month supply of OL trap pellets and paddles to the school-recipients.

Two OL-trap kits will be installed in each classroom of the selected public elementary and high schools through DepEd, which also involves deployment, training, and monitoring of OL Trap index.

The DOH and the local health offices will identify the priority sites for deployment of OL traps based on the number of dengue cases here in the region.