LCC Dengue Prevention Initiatives
(Dated Posted: 08/20/2019)
Lipa City Colleges strives to provide quality education and services to its students and their families. It is in the best interest of the school that these entrusted students, in their stay in the institution, be healthy and safe as well.
Recent health crisis posed a danger in the health and safety of the LCC school community as the number of patients with Dengue Infection increased in the country. This led to the Department of Health (DOH) announcing and declaring a 'National Dengue Alert.' The situation turned to its worse as Lipa City became afflicted with the epidemic prompting Mayor Eric Africa to announce an outbreak in the city. Few days later, DOH declared a 'National Dengue Epidemic,' meaning there is an alarming and increasing number of Dengue cases in the regions of the country with some resulting in deaths.
Lipa City Colleges wants every student healthy and safe. Therefore, the school supports the local and national efforts in the prevention and early detection of Dengue Infection to minimize occurrence of the disease and the deaths that may occur. The institution adhered to the 4S strategy against Dengue Infection as endorsed by DOH (1) Search and Destroy Mosquito Breeding Sites, (2)Seek Early Consultation,(3) Secure Self-protective Measures, and (4)Support Fogging for Impending Outbreaks. These strategies were adhered to by information dissemination and indoor residual spraying (IRS) of the school ground.
Last August 9, 2019 through the initiatives of the LCC Health Services Department and General Services Office, the indoor residual spraying (IRS) was done in the Main and Silvercrest buildings of Lipa City Colleges, in coordination with the City Health Office (CHO), headed by Dr. Alex Silang, and the Sanitation Division of Lipa City. Indoor Residual Spraying is a vector (mosquito) control intervention that reduces the Dengue virus transmission. It involves the application of a residual insecticide to internal walls and ceilings of housing and building structures where Dengue vectors (mosquitoes) may come into contact with the insecticide. The CHO assures the effectivity of this method to last 6 months.
DOH continues to advise adherence to the 4S strategy as the epidemic persists. In addition, the 'Sabayang 4 o'clock Habit' is also endorsed, where it refers to cleaning of the environment and the removal and destruction of mosquito breeding sites. Lipa City Colleges remains vigilant in preventing the Dengue Infection.