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PIA Press Release
2010/09/16

Carmona launches educational and information drive to fight dengue

Carmona, Cavite (16 September) -- The local government of Carmona launched recently dengue information and education campaign particularly in schools, barangays and households through the re-activation of Carmona Little Dengue Brigade, Iwas Dengue, BHW/FHW Laban sa Dengue and clean up campaigns.

Prior to the information campaigns, Carmona Mayor Dahlia Loyola ordered municipal wide clean-up, particularly in public schools and households to curb mosquito breeding. She also ordered the purchase of Off Lotions which were distributed to public school children.

Little Dengue Brigade was reactivated, recruiting 65 grade school children from its 13 public and private elementary schools. The children were trained along with their teacher-adviser at the Municipal Penthouse, in which they were oriented about their role as Little Dengue Brigade in their respective schools.

They were given lecture about the disease and how it attacks the human body. They were also trained on how to conduct the 4 o'clock habit and how to differentiate Aedes aegypti (dengue mosquito) larva and Culex (house mosquito) larva using their magnifying glasses.

Each participating school received a Certificate of Appreciation for its support to the Municipal Health Office's Dengue Prevention and Control Program. Likewise, they were given tarpaulins on dengue information to be posted in their school.

Mayor Dahlia Loyola graced the event and distributed the uniform t-shirts and caps of each brigade.

Simultaneous with the Little Dengue Brigade training, more than 600 mothers and health workers attended the Iwas Dengue Campaign facilitated by the LGU and S.C. Johnson and Son's Iwas Dengue Team in the covered court of Phase 3, Brgy. Milagrosa.

The campaign started with a video presentation about real-life experiences and how the disease is transmitted and manifested. To evaluate their comprehension on the education material, the team initiated games for the mothers with Off! and Baygon products as prizes.

After the Iwas Dengue Campaign and the Carmona Little Dengue Brigade training, samples of OFF! Lotion and Baygon Katol were handed out to the participants.

On the other hand, health workers are in the frontier of providing health care services to the grassroots level, they were also trained on Dengue Prevention and Control.

They were tasked to monitor suspected and confirmed dengue cases and to disseminate information about dengue in their areas.

Part of their function is to observe the 4 o'clock habit when on duty in their respective Barangay Health Stations. The 4S, which includes the (1) search and destroy of mosquito breeding areas, (2) self-protection measures, (3) seek early consultation and (4) say no to indiscriminate fogging, is a reliable way of preventing dengue as prescribed by the Department of Health.

The trainers for Little Dengue Brigade and BHW/FHW Laban sa Dengue were Municipal Health Officer Dr. Homer Aguinaldo, Medical Technologist III Joji Cadiente and Midwife II Irma Maņabo. (PIO Carmona/PIA Cavite) [top]

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