Six die among 1229 NegOr dengue victims

Six victims of dengue have died in various Municipalities/ Cities in Negros Oriental in the last 2 weeks aside from victimizing 1229 victims mostly children.

The Department of Health (DOH) in Negros Oriental reported an increase of 143 percent in the number of dengue cases in the province as of July 16 compared to the same period of last year.

The dengue cases as of January 1 to July 16 reported and recorded in the province totaled 1,229 as opposed to only 505 cases for the same period of last year, disclosed Dr. Socrates Villamor, OIC chief, Local Health Support Division of the DOHNegros Island Region regional office.

Last 2015, there were only five deaths reported in the province compared this year there were six deaths.

According to the doctor, the deaths were in Bais City with two cases and one each from the cities of Dumaguete, Bayawan, Tanjay, and Guihulngan.

Bais City had recorded the highest number of dengue cases this year with 153, said Villamor.

The other cities and municipalities in the top ten list with highest dengue cases are Bayawan, 146; Dumaguete, 134; Siaton, 82; Guihulngan, 74; Mabinay, 70; Sibulan, 68; Sta. Catalina, 60; Tanjay, 59; and Manjuyod, 41, DOH records showed.

The El Niņo phenomenon is the reason of increased of dengue cases in the province of Negros Oriental, Villamor said.

According to him, lack of preventive measures during the dry months could have aggravated the breeding sites of the dengue-carrier mosquitoes.

The DOH official has reiterated the need to intensify information drives for the public to cooperate in eliminating mosquito-breeding sites.

There is still a possibility the number of dengue cases in Negros Oriental would continue to rise in the coming months during the rainy season, Dr. Villamor warned.

He also stressed the role of barangay officials, who have been trained in previous years, to undertake massive information campaigns against the spread of dengue.

The cooperation of the public is urged by cleaning individual houses and environment, emptying water receptacles and makes an initiative protective measure. The public is called to wear appropriate clothing to avoid mosquito bites.

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