LALLO, Cagayan: In an effort to combat the rising number of dengue cases, the Rural Improvement Club here has initiated the propagation and massive planting of an insect-repellent grass.
The Citronella plant or Cymbopogon is a type of grass found to be effective in eradicating mosquitoes. Commonly known as lemon grass, the plant has the ability to repel insects while its oil can be used as a pesticide and a preservative.
The other by-products of the plant include candle and oil. Moreover, Asian cuisines also use the plant as a medical and culinary herb on tea, soup, and curry.
Club president Olivia Pascual said they have been advocating the mass propagation of the citronella plant in schools, barangay communal gardens as well as in the backyard of residences.
“We hope that with this endeavor, we could help make our community a green and healthy one for our constituents. Gratefully, we have the whole community to support us,” Pascual said.
The Nueva Vizcaya provincial government is stepping up its effort to stop the spread of dengue, following the reported increase of dengue cases in several villages.
Dr. Edwin Galapon, Provincial Health Officer reported 444 dengue cases in the province.
He added that a dengue outbreak has been declared in barangays Galintuja and Lublub in Alfonso Castaneda town, where there are already 169 cases reported.
There is also a dengue outbreak in Sitio Longboy in the town of Diadi, which has 112 cases.
In Cavite province, which is under a state of calamity, Provincial Epidemiologist Dr. Nelson Soriano said the situation is under control.
He added that they will continue fogging activities in affected areas in the province.
In the Visayas, the number of dengue cases continues to rise as Daanbantayan town in Northern Cebu town was placed under state of calamity.
Municipal health officials declared a dengue outbreak after 18 new cases were recorded in the Municipal Health Office in just a span of four days.
Daanbantayan Mayor Augusto Corro has convened the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to discuss the situation as they also plan to purchase a misting machine, dextrose and laboratory equipment.
In Cagayan province, Dr. Galapon said they are now intensifying their anti-dengue campaign especially in badly affected barangays.
“We are calling our community residents to cooperate and help us in this multi-sectoral efforts to eradicate dengue in their areas,” he said.
He said there is also an ongoing massive anti-dengue cleanliness drive, and distribution of dengue-preventive kits is being done to prevent the spread of the disease in other areas.
LEANDER C. DOMINGO, ROGELIO LIMPIN AND PNA