BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
Cases of dengue continue to rise in Bacolod City with the onset of the rainy season.
The number of reported dengue cases in the city reached 240 as of June 18, from 165 early this month, records from the City Health Office showed.
There were four reported deaths out of the 240 dengue cases this month, which is 155.5 percent higher than the number of cases last year covering the same period. The number of cases then was 94 with two deaths.
The barangays with the highest number of cases are Brgys. Tangub – 23, Estefania – 21, Singcang – 19, Sum-ag – 18, Mandalagan – 17, Mansilingan – 16, Villamonte – 14, Taculing and Granada – 13 each and Alijis with 11.
Dr. Grace Tan, CHO Environmental and Sanitation Division head, said most breeding places documented from the above-mentioned barangays are plants such as bananas, bromeliads, gabi, as well as bottles without covers, containers or pails and pond without fishes.
The CHO has conducted dengue awareness campaign from June 15 to 24 while clean-up drives are ongoing in the different barangays. It established fast lanes for consultation in all health centers and in CHO laboratory, as well as encouraged the barangays to revisit their dengue action plan, among others.*