By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH)-Calabarzon conducted a training program on insecticide application and dengue indoor and outdoor residual spraying in Batangas province.
The DOH said that 70 sanitary inspectors and spraymen in the province had undergone the training, which aimed at ensuring the safe and correct application of a residual insecticide to indoor surfaces and outdoor surroundings where mosquitoes rest; and to ensure the safety of spraymen during such operations.
The participants were trained on the preparation of the spraying machine and equipment including proper mixture of chemicals, as well as handling and spraying techniques.
“Proper handling and spraying of insecticides during spraying operations is very important for the welfare of the community including the spray man,” said Regional Director Eduardo Janairo.
“Safety precautions must be observed, that is why every person involved in vector prevention and control must be well-trained and equipped with the knowledge and skills to avoid any incident,” he added.
Janairo said that spraying and misting operations is being done to “suppress an ongoing epidemic or to prevent one, like dengue.”
The health official said that there are steps that should be followed before a spraying operation is conducted in a certain community in order to avoid any untoward incident.
“First, households must be informed of the spraying schedule and the purpose of spraying, giving the occupants time to prepare and vacate the house. Secondly, occupants must leave their house before spraying and those who are sick and cannot leave the room must and not be sprayed,” he said.
“Third, household items, including water, food, cooking utensils, and toys, must be covered and removed from the house for easy access. Pets and caged animals must also be moved away from the spray area,” Janairo furthered.