Pupils of the Lagawe Central School (LCS) have started receiving their deworming dose last week as part of the essential health care programs in schools.

School nurse Josephine Lopez said that the Essential Health Care Program (EHCP) is a joint program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Health and the Department of Education (DepEd). The program seeks to give importance to the health of the school children.

The EHCP has three components namely, daily tooth brushing with fluoride, daily hand washing and deworming.

“Deworming is done every July wherein the first dose is given to every child and the second dose is taken by the children in January,” Lopez said.

The first dose was given to some pupils last week and they will continue giving deworming tablets to the rest of the school children before the month ends, she added.

The DepEd is implementing the ovi/larvicidal (OL) trap system in schools. The OL is purposely to kill dengue carrying mosquitoes.

“This will prevent the eggs from developing into larvae which was developed by the Industrial Institute of the DOST to reduce the population of Egypti/albo pictus mosquitoes,” Lopez said.

The said mosquito is the most violent kind and can be found inside the house. These mosquitoes bite during the day.

The OL was tested in a laboratory in Bicutan and found out to be an effective dengue vector. The system was piloted in the region in La Trinidad, Benguet having the highest number of dengue cases then in Ifugao, Kalinga and Apayao.

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