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Proper utilization of mosquito net was one of the best observed strategies in reducing malaria disease transmission.

Hence, as a step towards malaria elimination, the Department of Health (DOH) with the assistance of the Global Fund and Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Incorporated sustained and intensified vector control activities such as provision of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLIN) —wherein the insecticide-used would last to five-long years under proper maintenance and care, conduct Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS), regular monitoring and surveillance, and information and education campaign.

Based on DOH record, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Davao del Sur are the provinces in Davao region where no malaria cases had been reported in three years and at present are in its pre-elimination phase category.

Part of carrying out relevant malaria activities in September 21 and 22, 2013, another round of mosquito nets distribution was conducted in barangay Luzon and barangay Sergio Osmeña.

Aside from the usual provision of Long Lasting Insecticide-treated Nets (LLIN) to every family, a maternity package which was composed of an LLIN and ferrous sulfate tablets were also given to pregnant women from these two recipients-endemic barangays.

About 1,112 residents and 22 pregnant women in barangay Luzon gratefully received their nets while in Sergio Osmeña 865 families and 35 pregnant women got their share too.

However, the number of nets given depends on the family size. Families with 1 to 3 members had received only 1 net, 4 to 8 members had received 2 nets, 9 to 12 family members had received 3 nets and those with 13 and more members had received 4 nets.

On the other hand, mayor Vicente D. Orencia really made a point to attend on this activity and personally witness the happiness that reflected from the faces of beneficiaries as they received their protective gear against malaria disease. In his message, he said that he will continually support the malaria program even beyond the time that the province will be declared “malaria free.”

In response to mayor’s message, Mr. Art Gerald L. Godoy, the provincial malaria project officer, said that he was greatly impressed by the concern, acceptance, and great support to the program shown by the municipal government of Governor Generoso headed by mayor Vicente D. Orencia together with the full efforts of the personnel of the laboratory department of the Municipal Health Office headed by Dr. Victoriano S. Guiritan. He further said that in return he will do the best that he can to replicate the net provision to other barangays of this municipality.       

                - Helen Academia

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