“Children in schools are the most vulnerable to get dengue,” said Dr. Manuel Mapue, Department of Health (DOH) Regional Medical Dengue Coordinator for Metro Manila during the Ovicidal/Larvicidal (OL) Mosquito Trap Training held at the Caloocan National High School, Caloocan City on 29 May 2012.
“This is the reason why the Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launched the School-based OL Trap Program to reduce the number of mosquito populations and lower the dengue incidents in schools. In this program, the role of teachers is very crucial,” said Dr. Mapue.
Started last 28 May 2012, the DOST will hold a series of training for all teacher representatives from elementary and high schools in Metro Manila until 11 June 2012. “These teacher representatives will be the dengue teacher coordinators for the Program,” said Engineer Romelen Tresvalles, Assistant National Coordinator for School-Based OL trap Program. “They will manage and monitor the OL mosquito trap that will be installed in schools,” she added.
Aside from basic knowledge on how to manage OL mosquito traps, teachers will be trained to collect data. “These will be the basis for the local government units (LGUs) and the Department of Health (DOH) to perform appropriate actions, whenever possible, before an outbreak arises,” explained Engr. Tresvales.
At the moment, more than 400 teacher coordinators were already trained from Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, Manila, Muntinlupa, Taguig, Parañaque, Las Piñas and Quezon City. The next training will be conducted on June 6, 7, and 11 2012 for San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Makati, Pasig and Marikina to complete the roll of orientations for dengue coordinators in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Currently, the Program prioritizes the 31 identified dengue hotspot provinces where 435, 000 OL mosquito trap kits will be distributed. For Metro Manila, 50,350 kits will be distributed and will be installed in schools starting 13 June 2012.
The School-based OL trap Program is a collaborative project of the DOST, DOH, Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).