MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health-National Capital Region (DOH-NCR) and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) conducted early Friday their regular misting (space spraying), disinfecting and clean-up drive of bus terminals along EDSA.
The activities started at 6:30 a.m. with simultaneous clean-up operation by the MMDA and distribution of flyers and posters on preventive measures against dengue and leptospirosis.
Among the bus companies that were sprayed and disinfected were RJ Express, Inc., Victory Liner Inc., First North Luzon Transit, JAM Liner, Ceres Tours, JAC Liner Inc., Florida Bus, DLTB Bus Co., ALPS Bus Co., AB Liner, Lucena Lines, Dominion Bus Lines, Dalin Bus and Viron Transit.
Also included were Super Lines Trans, Co. Inc., Raymund Transportation, Five Star Bus Co., Santrans, Inc., ES Transport, Genesis Transport Service, Inc., HM Transport Inc., Partas Bus Co., N. Dela Rosa Transit., Ferminas Bus Co., Philtranco and Isarog Lines.
To prevent cases of dengue and leptospirosis, water holding containers were emptied; esteros and gutters inspected and cleaned while garbage cans, comfort rooms and waiting areas were disinfected.
Open canals and stagnant waters were treated with larvicide to kill the eggs and larvae of carrier mosquitoes.
In an interview, DOH-NCR director Eduardo Janairo said it is best to conduct misting and disinfecting before 8:00 or 9:00 a.m. because mosquitoes would come out two hours after sunrise and two hours after sunset.
“There should be at least three cycles (of misting and disinfecting),” Janairo said. “We expect insecticides to stay in walls within three months unless there are disasters like rains and floods then there should be immediate spraying.”
Some 3,837 dengue cases from January 1 to June 29 this year was reported by the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU).
Quezon City has the most number of cases with 922, followed by Manila City with 614 and Caloocan City with 470. Nine deaths were reported.
Janairo said the chemicals used were environment-friendly and safe. It only takes one droplet of pre-mixed chemical to kill mosquitoes as well as other insects like cockroaches, he said.
Engr. Nilo Marayag, DOH-NCR head of the Environmental and Occupational Cluster, said that this year’s misting and disinfecting activities are more convenient with their new equipment.
From the former count of four, they are now using six ultra-low volume (ULV) machines and one manual ULV.
Marayag said that aside from buses in Metro Manila, public schools as well as several areas of informal settlers will also be misted and disinfected for free.
Misting, not to be confused for fogging, is water-based and only leaves behind droplets. Fogging with gas, on the other hand, has already been banned since it violates the Clean Air Act.
In a matter of 30 minutes after misting, buses will be safe to enter and will not cause any harmful effects to individuals.
MMDA general manager Corazon Jimenez added that keeping the surroundings clean at all times is among the important preventive measures against pests and the spread of diseases.
“We teach our barangays how to clean and accompany it with basic health education so that they know what is happening,” Jimenez said. (MNS)