Science office pushes mosquito larvae trap in schools-A A +A
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is pushing for the use of mosquito ovicidal larvicidal (OL) trap in public schools nationwide in time for the opening of classes.
The OL Trap is one of DOST’s research and development strategies to counter the fatal dengue disease carried and spread by Aedes Aegypti mosquito.
Dr. Arnold Inumpa, DOST regional focal person on OL traps, said they will hold an orientation at the division schools level of the Department of Education-Cordillera.
DOST provincial directors will simultaneously orient district supervisors and different high school heads at the provincial or division schools level on June 4–8.
Orientation will trickle down to the schools until the classroom level. District supervisors will call different school heads who will re-echo orientation among teachers, students and administrative staff. Similarly, high school heads will directly orient their teachers and students.
After the orientation, OL traps will be distributed, said Inumpa.
According to him, everybody in the school should be informed and aware of the importance of the project. He said this is a six-month roll-out project after which it is up for the public to soon purchase.
Installation of the OL traps in every classroom and office will be on June 11-15. Each classroom and office will be given four OL traps including pellets for the project duration, said Inumpa.
The pellets contain non-toxic organic substances with reconstituted and concentrated active ingredient which retards the growth of mosquito larva.
The OL trap is an old technology which makes use of ordinary water which was adapted in 1965 by other countries. DOST made an innovation through the introduction of pellets, he claimed. Apart from trapping the larva, the OL trap also serves as surveillance tool in determining the number of trapped larva.
DOST is targeting high priority areas with high incidence of dengue cases such as the province of Ifugao and Kalinga. Ifugao had 1,081 cases last year and 136 cases this year while Kalinga had 1,027 cases last year with four deaths and 61 cases this year. (Susan Aro)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 05, 2012.