- Posted August 19, 2013 by
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Creative school uniform hacks
Long socks to fight against dengue
Meet Celian Janica Pesquira, 10 years old, from Tagbilaran City, Philippines.
Before going to school, she makes sure that her school uniform is tidy and neat. She likes her princess hairstyle. And she doesn’t forget to wear white stocking and socks.
“I am wearing this to protect me against mosquito bites,” says Celian, a grade 4 pupil of Booy South Elementary School.
Celian is the only one wearing stocking with socks; other girls have long socks or knee socks to match with their school uniform. Some boys wear funky shoes and colorful socks.
There is another girl who is wearing stripe pink knee socks with French braid hairstyle with big hair pins on the right and a religious scapular to ward off evil spirits and negative energy (most young children have scapulars!)
Long before, most of the schoolchildren wore slippers going to school. When shoes became popular, they had socks for their shoes.
There is a story of why schoolkids at Booy South Elementary School are wearing long or knee socks.
When Celian was in grade 1, her teacher, Mrs. Euthropia Fudalan, advised them to wear long socks that cover their legs to avoid mosquito bites. Dengue cases were very high three years ago. Mrs. Fudalan, who’s retired now, made it a compulsory for her pupils to wear knee socks or pants to prevent dengue in school.
In the Philippines, it is very common during rainy season (which starts around the month of June or July until before December) the raging number of dengue fever. Dengue virus is transmitted by Aedes mosquito, specifically the aedes aegypti, which is common in tropical and subtropical zones. This disease becomes epidemic every rainy season, as it will produce ideal breeding conditions for the mosquitoes.
As of August 19, the Bohol Provincial Health Office (PHO) has recorded 1, 024 cases of dengue with seven (7) deaths.
Lately, the Department of Health (DOH) has warned the public against chikungunya, another virus caused by mosquitoes which has the same symptoms of dengue.
Health authorities also said that if kids have fever more than three days, they need to consult a doctor or rural health units in order to prevent human fatality.
Whether the schoolkids of Booy South Elementary School are wearing long socks to match their uniform which has a little touch of fashion or to fight against dengue, prevention is better than cure.
Also, a number of schoolkids are still wearing slippers due to economic reasons.