STA. BARBARA, Iloilo – In order to curb the spread of dengue in the province, local officials prepared mosquito repellents for distribution in schools on Monday.
On Friday, barangay officials and health workers in the town of Sta. Barbara packed close to a hundred cups of neem cream, which will be given to elementary students for free.
Neem cream is a natural mosquito repellent made from the leaves of the neem or Indian lilac tree. Aside from repelling mosquitoes, neem cream is also used in traditional medicine to help relieve chronic skin conditions.
The distribution of neem cream in schools is part of government’s effort to curb the rise of dengue cases in the province, after the Department of Health issued a warning regarding the increase of dengue cases in the country in recent months.
According to the DOH, a total of 70,697 cases were reported in the first seven months of the year, a 19 percent increase compared to the same period last year.
Based on the records of the Iloilo Provincial Health Office, Sta. Barbara had the highest number of dengue patients in Iloilo from January-August 2016, with 446 cases and three deaths.
With a report from Jennifer Garcia, ABS-CBN News