Pasay counts on good, old `kulambo’ to fight dengue

When they start putting up the mosquito nets, it doesn’t mean it’s time to sleep but rather classes are about to begin. That’s how far the local government of Pasay City is willing to go to prevent dengue.

On Thursday it announced that they have installed mosquito nets in 1,431 classrooms in the city as part of its campaign against dengue especially with the rainy season approaching by late May or early June.

Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano visited classrooms in Timoteo Paez Elementary School in Malibay to personally see the installment of the mosquito nets which are called ‘Olyset Nets.’

The nets were made by Japan-based Sumitomo Chemical Asia which, according to their website, ‘uses hybrid polymer and controlled insecticide release technology to repel, kill and prevent mosquitoes.’

These nets are also ‘prequalified’ by the World Health Organization,’ which is said to be a status of trust and reputation in its safety, quality, and efficacy, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

“We aim in Pasay LGU to install air conditioning in our classrooms. 1,000 classrooms have already been installed with air conditions, including kindergarten and senior high school classrooms,” Calixto-Rubiano said.

She also ordered heads of schools and businesses and barangay chiefs to implement the “Four O’Clock Habit” campaign against dengue, which involves cleaning up areas where mosquitoes are likely to breed every day at 4 p.m.

Last month, the Department of Health reported a 94-percent spike in dengue cases between the first quarters of 2022 and 2023. There are 27,670 cases for this year as compared to 14,278 last year.

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