Iloilo City schools underwent misting and fogging operations in preparation for the opening of classes on Monday, August 22, 2022 amid the rising dengue cases in the metro.
According to Councilor Allan Zaldivar vice chairman of the Committee on Health of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), they have conducted fogging and misting operations to almost 100% of the city schools in preparation for the opening of classes on Monday, Aug 22, 2022.
“Very successful gid aton advocacy sa pagpreparar sang aton mga buluthuan sa syudad sang Iloilo. Almost 100% na sang aton mga buluthuan sa syudad ang napaidalom sa aton fogging and misting operations. That is why we can say nga ready na ang aton mga schools, private kag opening para sa blending learning kag face-to-face classes sa Lunes,” Zaldivar said in an interview with Radyo Pilipinas Iloilo on Friday, August 19.
The two-week anti-dengue school-based campaign dubbed “Eskwelahan Tinluan Para Dengue Malikawan” is an initiative of the Iloilo City government headed by Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, Office of Councilor Zaldivar, City Health Office (CHO), and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Iloilo City Chapter to target dengue-carrying mosquitoes in schools.
The most recent fogging and misting operations were conducted in Mandurriao district on Thursday, particularly at Tabucan Elementary School, Mandurriao Elementary School, Hibao-an Elementary School, and Nava-is Elementary School.
Zaldivar said that before conducting operations, they inspect the schools to check if there are nearby houses.
“Naghatag anay kita inspection kon bala may mga panimalay kay kon may ara gidman ginaskip naton ang fogging kag misting na lang,” he explained.
The councilor added they are ready to conduct a follow-up misting and fogging operations upon the request of city schools.
“We are ready to conduct misting and fogging operations upon the request of our schools. Handa man kita maghatag technical assistance sa ila fogging kag misting operations. Nagahatag man kita mga larvicides sa mga schools para sa pagtapna sang mga breeding sites sang mga lamok,” he added.
He underscored the need to conduct misting and fogging operations in city schools to ensure the safety of the children, adding that the most affected age group in terms of dengue cases in the metro, is 1 to 10 years old.
“Ang aton primary objective is not only tinluan sa aton ugsaran. Places frequent kadtunan sa mga schools. Sa aton data, most of the cases halin sa 1 to 10 years old amo na dapat halungan sila nga dapat safe sila sa pagbalik sang klase,” he furthered.
From January 1 to August 13 this year, dengue cases in the metro totaled 748 with one fatality. The most affected age group is still aged 1 to 10 years old with 348 cases, as of August 6. (DG)