DepEd joins efforts against Dengue H-Fever
Pasig City (23 June) -- The Department of Education has advised school administrators to work closely with the Parents-Teachers Associations (PTA), Local Government Units (LGUs) and Municipal Health Offices to protect the schools and communities from the threats of dengue fever.
DepEd Memorandum 252 Series of 2009 emphasizes the need for information communication drive against Dengue H-Fever, which is caused by Aedes aegypti, a domestic, day-biting mosquito.
Dengue-carrying mosquito thrives on dirty surroundings and stagnant water.
"We can prevent dengue fever by keeping the surroundings clean and making sure that there is no stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed," Lapus advised.
He also urged school officials to closely monitor students especially during rainy season and to promptly address school health concerns.
"We have to keep our schools clean to prevent an outbreak because Dengue is far deadlier than Influenza A(H1N1). The outbreak prevention is for the good of all, hence, it should be the concern of all," said Lapus.
The Department of Health, the lead agency in the campaign against Dengue and A (H1N1) virus, has come up with an intensive information communication campaign to fight dengue. Called 4S, it stands for search and destroy, self-protection measures, seek early consultation, and say "NO" to indiscriminate fogging. (PIA) [top]