ILOILO CITY-- Eight local government units in Iloilo province carried out indoor residual spraying to stave off the rise of dengue cases, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) said on Friday.
Dr. Maria Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon, provincial health officer I, said the towns of Banate, Barotac Viejo, Leon, Pavia, Sara, Pototan, Bingawan and the component city of Passi conducted the spraying method.
“Indoor residual spraying is done in villages where clustering of cases is observed, which means three or more cases were detected in four consecutive weeks,” she said in a phone interview.
Households that are within the 300-meter circumferential radius from where dengue cases were recorded will be covered by the spraying.
The residual indoor spraying is done by the PHO in cooperation with the Department of Health, local government units, and village officials, Quiñon added.
She assured that technicians and personnel were trained on how to conduct the spraying.
Social preparations are likewise conducted prior to spraying to inform residents to stay out of the house for two hours.
“Although the chemicals are water-based, we are ensuring the safety of everybody, especially the elderly and the children,” she said, adding that some of the residents might have chronic medical conditions.
The chemical Deltamethrin or AquaK Othrine is being used in the indoor spraying.
Quiñon said the residual indoor spraying should be coupled with efforts in searching breeding places as the spraying would only target the adult mosquitoes.
Therefore, she said the activation of the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD), which calls for daily clean up drive and the 4S Kontra Dengue is paramount.
“We should destroy their breeding places to combat dengue cases,” she said.
The data from the PHO indicates that 699 cases were recorded from January 1 to March 2.
The town of Pototan had recorded 99 cases and one death; Passi City has 68 cases; and Calinog has 38.
Although 2019 is considered as the third year of dengue’s “three-year cycle” and the cases are expected to rise, the PHO assures that they will continue efforts to reduce the cases this year. (PNA)