Dengue cases force Benguet schools to stop skirt-wearing

>> Sunday, June 24, 2018

By Nancy Lee B. Banaña

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Alarmed by increasing dengue cases, Benguet province suspended wearing of skirt uniform in private and public schools until September.
In a memorandum, Benguet Schools Division Superintendent Marie Carolyn B. Verano notified school heads regarding temporary suspension of wearing of skirt uniform among female learners in support to the national campaign for Dengue risk-free Philippines.
“The suspension shall be for the period of June to September since it is during this rainy season that mosquito breeding sites are rampant and it is likewise the peak of dengue suspect cases,” Verano said.
Accordingly, the provincial Health Office of Benguet reported there were already 201 suspected Dengue cases from January to April of this year -- a 64 percent increase as compared to last year’s data on the same period.
The report added affected age groups are mostly school children.
Hence, female learners are not prohibited from wearing black slack pants as school uniform.
An immediate medical assistance shall be given to a learner or school employee who shows symptoms of Dengue fever.
Meanwhile, school authorities were advised to regularly clean mosquito breeding sources in the campus by eliminating stagnant water, draining clogged drainage, and following proper waste disposal.


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