Dumaguete City Health Officer, Dr. Maria Sarah Talla, said there were 25 validated dengue cases last month, slightly higher than the 16 cases for the same period in 2018.
Majority of the cases came from Barangay Candau-ay, prompting Talla and Punong Barangay Gregorio Oira to lead search and destroy operations in puroks Yellow Tops and Orchids.
Talla said she noticed plenty of used tires on roofs and containers that serve as fertile breeding grounds for dengue carrying mosquitoes in the puroks.
Zero dengue was recorded in Poblacion 4, Poblacion 7, and Poblacion 8 in 2018. Barangays Tabuc-tubig, Poblacion 5 and Poblacion 1 each recorded one dengue case.
The barangays with the most number of dengue cases in 2018 were Bagacay, Taclobo, Motong, Calindagan, and Bantayan.
The CHO added that there were 370 validated dengue cases, of which four died in 2018, contrary to reports that pegged the number at more than 500.
“When we say validated cases, it means we were able to verify the patient’s identity in person and actual address,” she said.
Talla said some patients claimed to reside in Dumaguete City even if they come from other towns and cities, with the hope of getting medical and hospitalization assistance from the local government.
The 370 dengue cases in 2018 were significantly higher than the 268 cases registered in 2017.*
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