The most dengue-related fatalities were in Cadiz City
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Negros Occidental Provincial Health Office (PHO) revealed data over the weekend that showed a 73 percent increase in dengue cases across the province. PHO head, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, said, between January and June of this year, they have recorded a total of 2,800 dengue cases, up from the 1,600 recorded during the same period last year.
Records showed the highest number of cases were reported in Kabankalan City, San Carlos City, Bago City, Cadiz City, and Cauayan.
PHO also noted there were 10 fatalities this year, five of which were recorded in Cadiz City, the highest of any locality in the province.
Tumimbang advised the public to always maintain cleanliness in their community, especially during the ongoing rainy season, in order to destroy any possible nesting grounds for mosquitoes.
Last Friday, July 5, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Jr. issued an executive order declaring a dengue outbreak in Iloilo province. He then directed the hospitals not to charge indigent dengue patients.
According to data gathered by the Iloilo Provincial Health Office from January 1 to June 28, there were a total of 3,897 dengue-related cases recorded; a 788 percent increase from the 439 recorded during the same time period last year./DGB, WDJ