Safeguarding the students

DOH gives out olyset nets to elementary schools

By GELYKA RUTH R. DUMARAOS

WITH close to hitting the 100k mark of dengue cases nationwide, the Department of Health has given out olyset nets as part of its anti-dengue campaign.

The DOH-MIMAROPA (Oriental/Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) distributed 685 rolls of olyset nets to 43 elementary schools in the whole region.

The olyset nets, embedded with permethrin, were installed in various schools will provide five years protection from mosquitoes and other insects.

As of November 3, 2015, a total of 1,188 classrooms were furnished with olyset nets, 38,021 students and 1,126 teachers were given anti-dengue orientation in 17 municipalities and two cities, all in the MIMAROPA province.

“We have concentrated our efforts in areas in the province where dengue cases are high. The distribution of olyset nets is accompanied with the regular anti-dengue misting and clean-up operations in barangays and municipalities in the region with incidence of dengue,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated.

He added that majority of dengue cases this year were from the five to 14 age group that is why the anti-dengue prevention campaign of DOH has been intensified and focused on students, teachers and schools nationwide.

DOH has recorded about 2,722 dengue cases from January 1 – November 1, 2015, with Palawan as the highest recording province. It was followed by Occidental Mindoro with 490; Oriental Mindoro – 383; Romblon – 244; and Marinduque – 204.

In a report by DOH Epidemiology Bureau, there were 92,807 dengue cases recorded across the country from January 1 to September 19.

Central Luzon was marked as the highest with 14,127, followed by Calabarzon with 14,082, National Capital Region with 10,385, Ilocos region with 8,136, Northern Mindanao 6,451, Cagayan Valley 5,677 and Soccsksargen with 5,552.

Vital Signs Issue 81 Vol. 4, November 1-30 2015