- Published: 17 June 2014
To reduce dengue incidence in public schools, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Ilocos and the Department of Education (DepEd) partnered in distributing OvicidalLarvicidal (OL) Trap kits in selected schools in the region.
Edwin M. Dilim, project assistant, said OL trap is a device composed of a strip of lawanit board immersed in a black-colored plastic tumbler with larvicide solution. “Mosquito eggs exposed in the solution die thus mosquito population is reduced,” Dilim said.
The system, developed by DOST’s Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) in cooperation with the DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research, is highly designed to attract the Aedesegypti mosquitos, the carrier of the dengue virus.
In Region I, the DOST and DepEd have already distributed a total of 2,895 OL trap kits to 2,387 and 508 elementary and secondary public schools, respectively. Kits distributed are as follows: La Union, 418; Pangasinan, 1, 482; Ilocos Sur, 558; Ilocos Norte, 437.
“Each classroom gets two kits and a supply of the solution good for three months,” said Dilim. Distribution started September 2013 and completed in March this year. The DOST now maintains the Nationwide Dengue Vector Surveillance Website where efficiency of the kits is monitored through reports via text messages. “Science teachers, clinic teachers or school nurses are in-charge of monitoring and reporting the number of OL Kits with positive and negative presence of mosquito eggs,” Dilim said.
Reports are reflected in the website. Once the school registered high incidents of positive mosquito eggs, necessary actions will be taken immediately. Dilim hopes the public to see that there is a technology that works in the reduction of dengue vector.
“This local technology indeed is proven effective and we hope that with accurate monitoring, the fatal dengue disease which usually strikes children will be prevented,” Dilim said. (MCA/JNP/PIA-1 La Union)