THE Department of Health (DOH)-6 encouraged schools in Western Visayas to create “Dengue School Brigade” to help prevent the outbreak of the disease.
Maria Lourdes Monegro, DOH-6 Regional Dengue Program Coordinator, said the dengue brigade can help equip students who are considered as ‘dengue-vulnerable age group’, with more information about dengue transmission, prevention and control.
Monegro said the purpose of the dengue school brigade is to teach students and teachers from public and private schools on how to prevent and control dengue before it spreads to every household.
She said the students’ main mission is to promote the 4 o’clock habit in their respective schools and communities.
She also advised the general public to continue adapting the “4S” program of the government.
The 4S stands for Search and destroy mosquito breeding places; use Self-protection measures; Seek early consultation for fever lasting more than 2 days; and Say No to indiscriminate fogging.
Meanwhile, DOH-6 reported a 45 percent decrease of dengue cases in Region 6.
DOH-6 recorded 1,997 cases from January 1 to May 27, 2017, which is lower than the 3,636 cases recorded in the same period last year.
The province of Negros Occidental recorded the highest number of dengue cases with 847; followed by Bacolod City with 324; Aklan, 288; Iloilo province, 229; Capiz, 99; Iloilo City, 89; Antique, 88; Guimaras, 7; and others 26. (PIA-Iloilo)