By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Bacolod City Health Office (CHO) revealed, yesterday morning, the number of dengue cases in the city has risen by 84.5 percent since last year.
According to CHO Environment and Sanitation Division head, Dr. Grace Tan, 535 cases have been recorded between January and July 8 of this year, up from 290 during the same period last year.
She also noted there have been no additional dengue-related deaths recorded. So far this year, the city has seen a total of five deaths, up from two in 2016.
Tan said the barangays with the highest number of dengue cases are Vista Alegre, Mansilingan, and Granada; while the five fatalities occurred in Barangays Sum-ag, Singcang, Granada, 14, and Handumanan.
She reiterated her call for city residents to clean their surroundings in order to contain the number of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
The CHO official also stated city residents should be aware it is currently the rainy season and they should always check for stagnant water inside and outside of their residence, which could be used by mosquitoes to lay eggs.
Tan said they are also conducting fogging operations in certain areas, but stressed fogging is only a last recourse as costs are prohibitive and there are health implications./WDJ