DOH launches 'Mosquito Dance'

Posted at 04/07/14 4:01 PM

MANILA -- In celebration of the World Health Day on Monday, the Department of Health (DOH) launched the "Mosquito Dance" to help in its campaign against diseases caused by mosquitoes.

Led by DOH Secretary Enrique Ona, Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag and members of the World Health Organization (WHO), the 'mosquito dancers' showed how people can protect themselves against mosquitoes and the diseases they bring.

According to the WHO, diseases like malaria, dengue and chikungunya affects 2.5 billion people in 100 countries, or around 40% of the world's population.

In an interview on DZMM last month, Tayag said they have identified two species of mosquitoes found in major cities in the country.

Residents of Tondo, Manila and Pasig City said they earlier noticed an increase in mosquitoes in their areas, calling it an "invasion."

"Na-identify na po naman ang species ng lamok na nakikita ngayon. Hindi po sila 'yung mga lamok na nagkakalat ng dengue at chikungunya," Tayag said.

According to Tayag, the culex species thrives in dirty water, while the Aedes aegypti species, which spreads dengue, thrives in clean water.

"Ang pinakamaganda talaga ay magkaroon ng clean-up drive para mabawasan ang lamok," he said.

Mosquitoes thrive in a tropical environment, Tayag said.

The DOH also advised the public to use insect repellent, wear long sleeved shirts and long pants and set up mosquito nets to avoid mosquito bites. -- with a report from Noel Alamar, DZMM