DOST starts deploying OL Traps in selected schools regionwide

SAN FERNANDO CITY The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Ilocos region has started deploying additional ovicidal-larvicidal (OL) traps in selected public and private schools regionwide this August.

This was made possible as DOST extended the implementation of the Nationwide Dengue Vector Surveillance (NDVS) until December in the region because of the increasing dengue cases being reported here.

The agency campaign drive hopes to strengthen the government’s initiative to reduce the number of dengue cases and transmission of other virus carried by the vector mosquitoes in collaboration with the Department of Education, Department of Health and Department of the Interior and Local Government, NDVS Regional Coordinator Michael John C. Maquiling, said.

Maquiling revealed that the OL Trap is a three-component system that attracts the Aedes mosquitoes, the primary vector of dengue virus, to lay their eggs in the trap then kills the eggs and larvae. The developed DOST OL Trap system is a device used to control the Aedes mosquito population. It can serve as surveillance tool to monitor the Aedes mosquito population thus acting as an early warning system to pre-empt any impending dengue outbreak.

In a statement, NDVS Staff Jayce Andres explained that through these ongoing efforts, a total of 141 public and private sentinel schools will continue the implementation of the project.

Moreover, posters about OL Trap and Dengue Awareness will also be distributed to complement the said advocacy. (Monette H. Herrera, Project Assistant II)