RITM facilitates Training on Dengue Vector Surveillance

Participant examines the sample taken from an outdoor basin.

RITM, through its Medical Entomology Department, facilitated the second ‘Training on Dengue Vector Surveillance in Support to Integrated Vector Management’ conducted on October 5-6, 2017 at the Batangas Country Club.

A total number of 25 nurses, medical technologists, and rural sanitary inspectors participated in the training organized by the Batangas Provincial Health Office.

The training was conducted to equip local health personnel with knowledge on basic entomology and vector control through the implementation of vector surveillance. It included lectures and laboratory and field work. Field practicum was conducted in the community of Kumintang Ilaya, Batangas City where participants surveyed 100 households for presence of larvae and/or pupae among the water-holding containers available in their houses. Specimens collected were identified up to species level in the case of Dengue vectors.

This is part of the continuing efforts of the government to mitigate the impact of Dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases in the country’s public health landscape.

by Mary Ann Ammugauan, Medical Entomology Department