The government combats dengue in schools nationwide

Brigada para sa Kalinisan aims to gather local community leaders, parents, and schools to work together in keeping the environment sanitized to prevent dengue in schools and communities.

IMG 1- DOH turns over ITS to Parang ES (1)

The Department of Education (DepEd) joined the Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the installation of insecticide-treated screens  in public schools during the launching of Brigada para sa Kalinisan.

DOH has recently distributed 20,000 roll of the treated screens to selected public elementary schools in different parts of the country.

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Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro has instructed its regional directors and school health nutrition personnel to coordinate with their respective DOH and DSWD regional counterparts in identifying schools in critical areas with high dengue incidence and schools that will receive the screens.

Luistro encouraged the parents, teachers, and community leaders to participate in the school-wide cleaning program from November 2 to 8, 2015. “Kailangan nating pagtulungan ang paglaban sa dengue gaya ng pagtutulungan natin sa Brigada Eskwela. Hindi naman po ito magagawa sa isang lugar lamang, kailangang sabay-sabay,” he added.

DepEd dengue ITS installation
Secretaries Luistro, Soliman, and Garin lead the installation of the recently turned over ITS at Parang Elementary School.

“Kung may brigada eskwela tayo, may brigada para sa kalinisan tayo. Sa pagtutulungan at pagkakapit-bisig, ang Brigada para sa Kalinisan ay magiging matagumpay,” DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman said.

Health Secretary Janette Garin reminded the public of the 4S strategy—search and destroy mosquitoes, seek early consultation, self-protective measures and say no to indiscriminate fogging—in preventing dengue in schools. She added, “Kung sama-sama tayo na lilinisin ang ating kapaligiran, kayang-kaya nating sugpuin ang dengue.”

According to DOH’s data as of October 3, there is a total of 108,263 dengue cases reported nationwide this year. Most of the cases were from the 5 to 14 years age group.

—From the Department of Education