QC elementary school to students: "Wear pajamas to school to avoid dengue!"
Balitanghali report: Elementary school in QC requires students to wear pajamas as preventive measure versus dengue
The Rosa L. Susano-Novaliches Elementary School in Quezon City has required its students to wear pajamas or pants and long-sleeved tops to school, instead of uniforms, to avoid having dengue, reports GMANews.tv. The school’s principal Dr. Elvira Dumlao said wearing such clothing, which covers the arms and legs, will lessen the students’ chances of getting bitten by mosquitoes. Dumlao said, "We’re asking for (clothing) donations for the children."
Aside from the new clothing requirement, the school administration also has its campus fumigated once a week, according to GMANews.tv. They put water-based insecticide sprays and plants believed to repel mosquitoes carrying dengue, like citronella, eucalyptus and oregano, in classrooms.
According to the report, the public elementary school currently has more than 20 confirmed cases of dengue plus around 60 students and faculty members suspected of having dengue. It has the largest number of elementary students in the country at around 9,600.
The number of dengue cases in the Philippines within the past seven months has almost doubled at 40,648 compared to the 27,473 cases recorded in the same period in 2009, according to Manila Times.
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