Preventing dengue: Recycle tires to chairs

AGENCIES here have thought of an ingenious way to prevent dengue: the recycling of tires into school furniture.

The City Health Office (CHO) has partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the City Tourism Office in collecting abandoned tires and delivering them to schools.

The schools will repurpose the items into seats, tables, and planters.

CHO head Josephine Villafuerte said that they have so far collected around 1,000 disposed tires for the project.

The second district is the pilot area for the project.

Illegally-disposed tires, abandoned in several barangays, have been pointed as the breeding grounds of disease-carrying mosquitoes.

The project comes amid a confirmed case of a death related to dengue in the city.

The CHO last week initially said there were 15 recorded dengue deaths in the city.

However, upon cross checking the data, the CHO said that 14 out of the recorded 15 deaths were patients from outside the city who were brought here for hospitalization.

From January to April this year, the city has recorded only 11 confirmed cases of dengue, with one death.

Meanwhile, the CHO said it would assist in next week’s scheduled Brigada Eskwela.

The CHO is planning to distribute treated mosquito screens to the classrooms as well as conduct indoor residual spraying of school facilities.

The residual spraying allows classrooms to be protected from dengue-carrying mosquitoes by repelling the insects from coming into the facilities.

Villafuerte said that the 4 o’clock habit is being implemented in the barangays.

The routine habit requires communities to conduct a daily check of their surroundings for possible breeding sites of mosquitoes, such as old bottles, cans, other garbage, and stagnant water.

The tire collection comes after the CTO and the City Engineer’s Office called for donations of old and used tires to help beautify the Sta. Ana Pier.

In the early days of her term last year, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio threatened to withhold the bonuses of the entire health department if there was no drastic drop in the dengue cases.

Last year, there were around 1,000 confirmed total cases of dengue for the first quarter alone, with four recorded deaths.

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