NINE barangays in Bacolod City were identified by the City Health Office (CHO) as dengue hot spots.
Dr. Grace Tan, head of the CHO Environmental Sanitation Division, on Wednesday, August 16, said the nine barangays have increasing number of dengue cases for four consecutive weeks, or have death cases.
These are Barangays Mandalagan with 31 cases from January to August 12, 2017; Villamonte, 24; Mansilingan, 22, Banago, 18; Alijis, 17; Estefania, 17; Vista Alegre, 14; Taculing, 13; and Sum-ag, 12.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas.
Tan said that from January to August this year, Bacolod has a total of 888 dengue cases that increased by 9.8 percent, with seven deaths.
In January, a 10-year-old boy in Barangay Sum-ag, and a five-year-old boy in Barangay Singcang-Airport succumbed to the mosquito-borne disease.
In March, an eight-year-old boy in Barangay Granada also died. In May, a two-year-old boy in Barangay 14 and a 12-year-old girl in Barangay Handumanan passed away as well.
In July, a seven-year-old girl in Barangay Tangub also died, and on August 5, a three-year-old in Barangay Villamonte also passed away.
Of the 888 cases, the nine barangays have the highest number of cases.
Tan said dengue cases are increasing during the rainy months.
She said the CHO is intensifying its advocacy on searching and destroying the breeding grounds of mosquitoes, and the practice of “4S” to prevent and control dengue cases.
The 4S means search and destroy mosquito breeding places, use self-protection measures, seek early consultation for fevers lasting more than two days, and say no to indiscriminate fogging.
The CHO also distributed flyers in the barangays, and among business establishments, and conducted fogging in various areas, including the public schools.