TACLOBAN CITY- The Department of Health (DOH) donated to the Leyte Normal University (LNU) anti-dengue screens to be installed to the windows of classrooms to ensure students will not get dengue fever. Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto, brother of Health Secretary Janette Garin, the move has been going on for anti-dengue efforts although modern technique has been introduced.
The screens, stalled last January 31, are insecticide treated, it emits permethrin an insecticide embedded in each strand, that drives mosquitoes away, mosquitoes that accidentally touch the screen die, the insecticide is deadly to mosquitoes but is not harmful to humans he added. The insecticide treated screens (ITS) that are imported from Vietnam and is effective for five years, are installed in schools because the time children are in school is the peak biting time of mosquitoes carrying dengue-virus, according to Loreto.
“It is important that these screens will be installed in schools across Leyte” said Loreto. Earlier, the DOH installed screens in schools of the towns of Dulag, Tanauan and Palo where the danger of dengue epidemic was high. The installation according to Loreto will continue while the screens are available. It was learned that the total project cost is P71 million all over the country this is, out of the 240-million total budget of the DOH for dengue prevention and control program.
(LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)