In many neighborhoods, bamboo fences are common fare. The use of bamboo as material for fence is most affordable for Filipinos especially in rural and sub-urban areas.
There is a proper way to cut the poles – near the nodes. A wrong way of cutting, however, exposes us to risk. If cut too far away from the nodes, the open bamboo cylinders are receptacles of water and — possible mosquito breeding sites. Dengue fever is one common condition not only in poor communities in the tropics. Even developed city-states like Singapore have to deal with it.
Let us not host mosquitoes in our homes. Often, we are reminded that receptacles or catchments should be turned upside down, be emptied to help drive away mosquitoes.
Receptacles on bamboo poles in fences, however, could never be turned upside down like pails or canisters. Instead, we must put a hole at the bottom of the receptacle to drain water. This will rid us from breeding sites for mosquitoes and possibly mosquito-borne diseases like dengue.
With a hole as drain, you may also cover the bamboo receptacle with anything clean to block entry of liquid.
We know this is an old practice for many. I got reminded of this by a family member. It’s time to share this practice to others so they can also do it in their neighborhoods.
Things needed: A hammer or any hard object like a rock to be used to pound. A steel bar or any pointed concrete object.
Time needed: Five minutes only.
Apil na sa Buslot Buntong Anti Dengue Challenge!
What can be done? Include anti-dengue measures as an item in the agenda of meeting in the purok/zone or barangay. Invite a health advocate to speak on dengue and what can be done against it. During community work or pahina, include the checking and draining of bamboo poles used in fencing the neighborhood as part of the many anti-dengue measures. If you are already doing it, you may post the photo/video of you taking the challenge in your neighborhood (Optional).
One simple safety act a day, keeps the danger away.
Waltzib of Kalasungay, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, Philippines