By Liza Soriano
A close-up of a dengue-carrying mosquito (Photo courtesy by DownToEarth)
MANILA — Senator Nancy Binay has urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to strengthen its campaign against dengue amid the onset of the rainy season to ensure the protection of millions of students in schools.
“Mas fatal ang dengue para sa mga bata, kaya nananawagan tayo sa DepEd at LGUs na mag-focus din sa dengue. Bukod sa Covid-watch, dapat paigtingin din ang dengue-watch, at kailangang masiguro na dengue-safe ang schools natin,” Binay said.
The Department of Health reported last week that the country has posted 102,619 dengue cases as of July 30, 2022. It is 131 percent higher than the 44,361 cases in 2021.
“Sa usaping ito, malaki ang maitutulong ng mga LGU para masigurong laging malinis ang mga paaralan at walang pinamumugaran ng lamok ang mga ito,” the senator said.
She urged local governments and educational institutions to organize clean-up campaigns and incorporate anti-dengue policies even after Brigada Eskwela 2022, which ends this week.
Communities should be continuously involved in and educated about the DOH’s 4S approach against dengue, according to Binay.
The 4S stands for search and destroy, self-protection measures, seek early consultation, and say no to indiscriminate fogging.
“Mahalagang malaman din ng mga pamilya kung anong maaari nilang gawin upang maiwasan ang dengue sa kanilang mga tahanan,” Binay said. (ai/mtvn)