The Department of Education (DepEd) will closely coordinate with the Department of Health (DoH) to monitor the rising dengue cases in schools and protect school children from the disease.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said he will instruct all school officials to take necessary measures to prevent dengue which becomes prevalent especially at the onset of the rainy season.
Data from DoH show that about 80 percent of dengue cases belong to the 1 to 20-year-old age bracket. Parents are reminded to be vigilant because the fatality rate in this age bracket is greater than one percent in that age group.
DepEd and DoH officials plan to visit schools with high cases of dengue and will remind the parents and teachers on the most cost-effective ways to fight dengue such as keeping surroundings clean to destroy the breeding places of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
Luistro has also instructed all school officials to maintain sanitation in school premises and directed school health officials to conduct information dissemination campaign so that students and the community will know what dengue virus is, and what the community can do to prevent it.
As of August 14, a total of 54,659 dengue cases were reported nationwide. This figure is 74.9% higher for the same period last year. There were 429 deaths recorded. (PIA-Bohol)