After inspecting the whole campus with all its facilities last Friday (2 August 2013) accompanied by DOH-Pasig officials, and identifying further dengue-preventive measures, the Special Committee is now finalizing its own “Zero Dengue UA&P” program, which is patterned after the government’s Dengue-Free Barangay project.
Aside from putting in place the periodic and non-periodic interventions to be taken by the AFM, CSA, and the HRM, the University has also been actively working with the Pasig City Hall and the Barangay San Antonio in cleaning our surroundings, e.g., the streets, the vacated Philippine Coconut Development and Research Foundation building, etc. This is a significant first step toward a Dengue-Free Barangay San Antonio. The cleaning operation is mainly a search-and-destroy operation, i.e., once a breeding ground is found, dewatering, misting, and spraying of larvicides are carried out.
While these operations are being conducted to make our campus safe, everyone is also expected to apply SELF-PROTECTION measures. And this is especially true because not all the mosquitoes are exterminated when the misting activity happens. One of these self-protection measures is that of wearing ankle-length pants and long-sleeve clothing. Another effective means is the use of an insect repellent that can be sprayed on the clothes or applied on exposed skin.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of the United States recommends using repellents based on DEET, picaridin/icaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus for effective protection against mosquitoes.
The following are some of the repellents (available in leading drug stores locally) found to have the right concentration.
1. Guard insect repellent lotion (10% Picaridin) Php 129.75 (BFAD registered)
2. Off Overtime Lotion (25% DEET) 25 ml tube Php 49.75 (BFAD registered)
3. Moskishield mosquito patch (Lemon eucalyptus oil) Php 149.75
Please take note of the following precautions in using repellents. (See also the CDC’s FAQ: Insect Repellent Use & Safety found in www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html).
Picaridin/Icaridin (cf. http://umaine.edu/ipm/ipddl/publications/5108e/)
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil (cf. http://umaine.edu/ipm/ipddl/publications/5108e/)
Issued by the Special Committee on Dengue Control and Prevention through the Center for Student Affairs, 5 August 2013.
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