Department of Health 7 Regional Director Susanna Madarieta said that P3.5 million worth of mosquito nets would be distributed to selected grade three students from public schools in Cebu.
The mosquito nets are expected to be delivered by the DOH central office within this year.
Madarieta said that although more expensive than fogging the mosquito nets last longer of up to six months.
Regional Dengue Program Coordinator Dr. Jocelyn Abellana said that the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu are the expected receipents of the treated nets.
If the nets would be proven effective, Abellana said that local government units would be asked to purchase the said nets and distributed them to their constituents.
Madarieta also advised children to constantly wear long sleeves. She said that they would also give treated curtains to households.
She said they would collect curtains from households and the DOH would soak them in a chemical called permitrine and distributed them back to households.
She said that permitrine is the least harmful insect repelling agent and will be tested in areas with the most dengue cases.