Bacolod City – Barangays Mansilingan and Taculing in Bacolod City have been identified as dengue hot spots.
The basis of the Bacolod City Health Office for declaring the two barangays as hot spot areas are the increasing number of dengue cases in the areas for four consecutive weeks or the number of reported deaths due to dengue.
The total number of recorded dengue cases in Bacolod City as of August 13 was 617 with nine deaths, records from the CHO showed.
Those figures are 242.8 percent higher than the total number of cases last year covering the same period, which was 180 with two recorded deaths.
NEGOCC DEATHS NOW 21
Negros Occidental logged five new dengue-related deaths, as its cases further rose to 3,648, from January 1 to August 13, according to a report of the Department of Health-Western Visayas.
The five reported fatalities for the period between Aug. 7 to 13, based on DOH –WV Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) Morbidity Week 32, brings to 21 the cases of deaths in Negros Occidental.
Negros Occidental remains with the highest number of dengue cases and related deaths in the region, DOH-WV records further showed. It rose from 310 cases last year to 3,648 cases.
Western Visayas has logged 10,273 cases with 59 deaths, the DOH report added.
BACOLOD CITY MEASURES
Bacolod Councilor Claudio Puentevella, chairman of the Sanggunian Committee on Health, said they are aggressively campaigning against dengue so cases won’t reach a point where it will become alarming and the situation will become like other areas that have been placed under a state of calamity.
Declogging of canals are ongoing since it is rainy season and the dengue task force in the different barangays in the city have already been activated by the barangay captains, he said.
Puentevella said they are also monitoring cases of COVID-19 and leptospirosis, as well as seeking the cooperation of the public to prevent the spread of these diseases.
Meanwhile, the barangays with the highest number of recorded dengue cases are Mansilingan with 73, Estefania – 49, Taculing – 48, Tangub – 41, Singcang and Villamonte – 39 each, Alijis – 35, Sum-ag – 32, Mandalagan – 31, Cabug – 29 and Handumanan – 23.
The CHO also continues to conduct intensive health education campaign on dengue treatment and consultation and the importance of destroying mosquito breeding places, as well as conducting fogging operations in schools and the different barangays in the city. (Chrysee G. Samillano | Gilbert P. Bayoran via The Visayan Daily Star (TVDS), photo courtesy of TVDS)