Bais, Dgte hit hard by dengue scourge

Two cities are grappling with the rising cases of dengue caused by mosquitoes that thrive in stagnant water particularly in used tires, drainage canals, roof and flower vases.

Bais and Dumaguete raced to infuse millions to aid the victims of dengue in paying their hospital bills, medicine and the costly blood transfusion.

Dumaguete City Health Officer Maria Sarah B. Talla reported 187 cases and 1 death as of January to September 2016, while Bais registered 300 cases for the same period. Throughout the province, some 2, 000 cases have been reported with 11 fatalities.

To access more funds, Bais City declared a state of calamity to utilize its Quick Response Fund and reportedly earmarked P160,000.00 as payment for blood screening.

Dumaguete City has earlier passed a supplemental budget of P 2million after the initial appropriation was depleted with the influx of residents seeking financial assistance for their family members afflicted with dengue.

In Dumaguete, the barangays with the most number of dengue cases are: Bagacay (32); Taclobo (18); Cadawinonan and Mangnao (14); Camanjac (12); Bantayan and Daro (10).

Of the 30 Barangays, Dr. Talla noted that only Poblacion 7 and Barangay Bunao registered zero dengue cases. Talla enjoins the public to constantly clean their surrounding and destroy the breeding grounds of dengue mosquitoes as the only means to minimize their exposure to the deadly disease.

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