Massive spraying against malaria set in Kalinga
by L. Lopez
Tabuk, Kalinga (21 May) -- Massive indoor residual spraying is set in the province as part of the preventive efforts under the Movement Against Malaria.
Malaria Program Officer Mae Langbayan said the activity will cover 50 endemic barangays in all municipalities of the province except Tinglayan.
Pinukpuk and Rizal are under the watch list because of the number of endemic barangays. 15 out of the 23 barangays of Pinukpuk are malaria endemic, while Rizal has 8 out of its 14 barangays.
Last year, the highest number in malaria cases reported at the Provincial Health Office (PHO) came from Pinukpuk with 56.
But the malaria endemic alert in Kalinga has remarkably been reduced to level B with less than 100 cases in a year since the start of the malaria eradication program five years ago, Langbayan said. Under level B, there is zero mortality report from the area.
In Asia, the Philippines falls under countries with controlled endemic level with below 1000 cases in a year.
In preparation for the massive spraying activity in June, the Movement Against Malaria provincial team conducted a two-day training for 89 volunteers from endemic areas in the province.
This will target 11,862 houses for the indoor residual spray that would eradicate indoor mosquitoes including their larva.
Langbayan said barangays covered are categorized according to their endemic alert level and this would determine how many rounds of spraying activity would take place in the area.
According to Langbayan, the chemical used in the spraying has passed the Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (PES) of the World Health Organization (WHO) and is therefore, safe for humans.
The chemical could stay for six months, depending on the stability of cases on that particular barangay, Langbayan explained. In some areas, the spraying could be twice a year.
The indoor spray is free as it is subsidized by the Global Malaria Fund. Volunteers are given minimum incentive of P15/house with a target of 10 houses/day. The activity is coordinated with recipient barangays. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]