“Eskwelahan, Simbahan, Barangay, Palengke at Buong Komunidad, Sama-Sama Nating Sugpuin ang Dengue” , DOH May 2011 theme of Dengue Awareness Month

Dengue fever infection has afflicted thousands of young and old Filipinos every year. Inspite of community and health authorities efforts to combat it, it has become a menace to a lot families in urban and rural areas.

There are several strategies of combating Dengue fever ,the DOH 4S Kontra Dengue strategy is  composed of Search and Destroy, Seek early consultation, Self-protective measures and Say no to indiscriminate fogging.

Another innovative strategy  is Mosquito Ovicidal/ Larvicidal Trap system, developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The DOST-developed Mosquito OL Trap  has three important parts: a black container, a small strip of wood (lawanit) for mosquitoes to lay their eggs on, and a larvicide solution. The scent of the larvicide solution attracts female mosquitoes and encourages them to lay eggs on the immersed lawanit strip.  Once exposed to the solution, the eggs and hatched larvae will die.  The DOST Mosquito OL Trap prevents the next generation of mosquitoes from reaching adulthood and curbs the Aedes Aegypti  mosquito population.

Thus, DOST in partnership with DOH and  DepEd will distribute DOST mosquito OL Trap to all classrooms of both public and private schools in areas with high dengue cases in the metro.

According to the DOST website, some 34,910 DOST Mosquito OL Trap kits will be distributed to 17,454 classrooms in public and private elementary and secondary schools in Caloocan, Quezon City, Pasay, Valenzuela, Manila, Muntinlupa, and Pasig.

How to Use the DOST Ovi/Larvicidal (OL) Trap

1. Pour tap water into the black plastic cup until the lined mark just above the printed DOST logo. This volume is equivalent to 250 milliliters (ml).
2. Pour one pack of OL pellets into the plastic cup.
3. Place the lawanit stick in the solution with the rough surface facing up.
4. Put the plastic cup outside the house in a low-lying area protected from the sun and rainfall. Take care not to spill the contents. Keep out of reach of children and animals.
5. Let the cup stand for six (6) days.
6. After six days, gently brush off into the solution the mosquito eggs stuck on the lawanit strip. A used toothbrush will do the trick, but make sure that all the mosquito eggs drop into the solution.
7. Pour hot water into the solution until the cup is almost filled.
8. Dispose all the liquid contents of the cup down the drain.
9. Repeat steps 1 to 9 weekly for six (6) months.

Click here:      trap instructions

Internet Child Protection Program of the CIDG,PNP

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police launched Project “Angel Net” last August 4, 2011, a project which seeks to address Internet based-abuses and to promote Internet safety and prevent dangers among the public.

Project “Angel Net” spearheaded by PDIR SAMUEL D PAGDILAO, Director of CIDG, is an innovation in support of his advocacy to protect kids from internet addiction and cyber predators that are commonly involved in cyber sex, internet pornography, internet gambling and identity theft.

For more information about Project “Angel Net “Visit their website at :

Here are some of the tips one can read at their site:

Your Children and the Internet

Parent’s Guide: Keeping your Child Safe while On-line

Kids Guide: Safety Tips to help you safe while on-line

Contact the CIDG at:

Headquarters – Criminal Investigation and Detection Group,
Camp Crame, Santolan Road, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Project Angel Net Complaint Desk
Telephone Number    (+63) (02) 724 -  8712
(+63) (02) 723 – 0401 local. 5232

Project Angel Net Operation Center
Telephone No.: (+63) (02) 9063330171
(+63) (02) 9082421150
(+63) (02) 414-21-99

Job Hazard: Prolonged Standing

by Anna Katharina on May 22, 2011

in Health Sense,Safety

“In case of injury, remember RICE: Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate.”

Security guards, sales persons, teachers, traffic enforcers, nurses are people who have jobs that require prolonged standing in the performance of their duties. Standing is a daily activity for us but standing for hours on a daily basis can cause several body complaints.

Complaints can be in the form of fatigue, leg and foot muscle pain, back and hip pain, and even tingling sensations on the foot and edema or inflammation of both feet.

Prolonged standing causes muscles strain at the same time blood remains in the legs and feet and cannot properly circulate. This results in inflammaton of the veins and over time ,this can progress to varicose veins. The veins become dilated and this will prevent further circulation of the blood going to the heart.

There are several ways to reduce the bad effects of prolonged standing :
1. Practice body mechanics.

  • When standing for aperiod of time, periodically flex one hip and knee and rest your foot on an object if possible.

2. Change your work position frequently .

  • Shift body weight from one leg to the other. Walk or move around. there is less strain on the individual muscles and joints used to maintain the upright position.
  • Changing body positions also improves blood supply to the working muscles. Both effects contribute to the reduction of overall fatigue.

3. A seat should be provided in any case to allow the worker to sit occasionally.
4. Proper footwear. Wear comfortable low-heeled shoes that provide foot support and will not cause you to slip, stumble, or turn your ankle.
5. At home raise your legs up above hip level whenever they are aching.
6. Stay away from tight fitting clothes, particularly a girdle that is too tight, or a panty hose that is constricting in the groin area.

An increase in monetary compensation is not the only thing to ask your employer, they should provide occupational and health safety work environment to employees to prevent accidents and occupational illnesses.

Let’s have a pain and hazard free work environment.

Hangover, the Day After

by Anna Katharina on May 9, 2011

in Events,Family,Food,Health Concerns,Safety

Let us celebrate! Its time to party after graduation, anniversaries,birthdays etc. Part of the party will be food, dancing, karaoke singing and the intake of alcohol.

There are different types of alcoholic beverages like wines,beer, whisky, rhum, brandy, vodka, and gin. Brandy, vodka and gin have 40 -50 % alcohol content. It’s not how many drinks that you have, but how much alcohol that you consume to be intoxicated.

The problem lies the day after , you have a hangover because of alcohol intake. You want to relieve yourself of a headache, lethargy, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, an upset stomach and even diarrhea.You curse alcohol and sometimes swear you will give up alcohol ….

In the first place, a fun night can turn into a “feel good” a day after. Here are some tips to avoid a hangover:

• Drink on a full stomach. Food slows the absorption of alcohol. The slower you absorb alcohol, the less alcohol reaches the brain. The larger the meal and closer in time between eating and drinking, the greater the decrease of peak alcohol concentration in blood.
• Drink slowly. The more slowly you drink, the less alcohol actually reaches the blood and eventually the brain.
• Drink the right drinks. The less alcohol content of an alcoholic drink the less hangover. An evening spent with too much red wine can also causes headache the day after.
How to get through with hangover the dayafter?
• Drink fruit juice, buillon or soup to replenish your water supply. This helps the body burn alcohol faster and accelerate the removal of alcohol still in the body.The buillon or soup will replace the salt and potassium loss and helps in regaining strength of your muscles.
• Pain relief: You may take paracetamol the night before you sleep or when you get up in the morning after eating a light breakfast.
• Take B complex vitamins , your stress vitamins.This will help shorten the duration of your hangover.
• Eat a light meal , but a balanced one with essential nutrients
• Get a good night’s sleep the day after.

Don’t drink alcoholic beverages when :
• If you have to drive a vehicle after
• If you are allergic to alcohol
• when taking antibiotics and medicines for allergy
• hepatic disease
• gastrointestinal ulcers
• cardiac or skeletal myopathy
• Pregnant women in the first and third trimesters

What about that cup of coffee?
Coffee has not been proven to alleviate hangover symptoms. Caffeine can further dehydrate the body. Water, green tea, sports drink or other decaffeinated teas are a better choice.

The best is still to avoid excessive alcohol intake.