DOST-8 leads in launching of OL Trap Komiks in Waray version
TACLOBAN CITY – As part of the 2012 Visayas Cluster Science and Technology Fair and Exhibits, the Department of Science and Technology 8 (DOST-8) led the launching of Ovicidal–Larvacidal or O/L Trap Komiks in Waray-waray version during the press conference held at the Rotary Club Building, Sagkahan, Tacloban City on September 24, 2012.
The launching of the O/L Trap Komiks was presented by Chief of Science & Technology Institute Aristotle Carangdan. “This is not actually a direct output in the Health Research Development Project but we were asked to come up with a survey on the adoption of the OL Trap in the different regions”, Carangdan said.
They were able to go around to areas that are hot spots of dengue cases in the country, visiting two barangays in Region 11, two barangays in Bacolod City and another barangay in Region 8. While promoting the use of O/L Traps and doing research at the same time, they found out in the survey the importance of communicating the issue but they encountered a problem in communication itself which is language barrier.
According to Carangdan, one solution from the DOST is the Komiks. It is originally written in English and then translated into Tagalog and six other major languages in the Philippines such as Waray-waray, Bisaya, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Bicolano and Pampangueño. He added, “Perhaps this is one way for people to know the science about dengue, the kit and tool which will help in avoiding dengue.”
There was a record presented of dengue incidents for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012, coming from Department of Health (DOH). In 2010, dengue cases were high and the team was just starting to consult and visit areas to see possible interventions. In 2011, there was a significant decrease in dengue cases upon the introduction of O/L Trap. In 2012, there was a considerable rise in the dengue cases especially that this was the period where the distribution of O/L Traps were stopped. However, there is currently a directive that requires for all classrooms to have O/L Trap Kits and will also produce 5,000 pieces of posters to be distributed nationwide.(Beverly Martija–LNU ABCom Intern)
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