By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – Dengue cases in Bacolod have increased by more than 100 percent.
Records from the Bacolod City Health Office (CHO) this week indicated a 106.1 percent increase in the number of dengue cases in the city.
Based on the CHO record for Morbidity Week 33, which covers from January 1 to August 17, a total of 1,325 dengue cases with six fatalities were recorded so far, compared to 638 cases with five fatalities recorded in the same period last year.
Barangay Estefania has the most number of cases with 162, followed by Barangay Tangub (107), Villamonte (88), and Taculing (86).
Dr. Grace Tan, CHO Environment and Sanitation Division head, warned that if communities continue to ignore their surroundings, the number of cases in the city will continue to rise.
Tan appealed to the public to observe the “4 o’clock habit” and encouraged everyone to clean their surroundings at 4:00 p.m. in an effort to prevent mosquito breeding places as a means of combating the spread of dengue fever.
The city has earlier appropriated P17.8 million in funds to be utilized by the CHO to prevent the spread of dengue.