DENGUE cases in Bacolod City have increased by 121 percent from January to February 2 this year, compared to the same period last year, records at the City Health Office (CHO) showed.
Dr. Grace Tan, head of the CHO Environment Sanitation Division, said Tuesday, February 12, that they listed 201 cases with one death from January to February 2 compared to 2018's 91 cases in the same period.
Of the 201 cases, Barangay Handumanan has the highest number of cases with 17, followed by Barangays Estefania and Tangub with 15 cases each; Barangays Singcang-Airport, Pahanocoy, 14 each; Barangay Mansilingan, 13; Barangay Granada, 12; Barangays Sum-ag, Mandalagan, 10 each; and Barangays Bata, Taculing, 9 each.
Tan said this year, the first fatality was the 13-year-old boy from Barangay Handumanan who expired in January.
She said the boy suffered fever and was rushed to the hospital.
Tan pointed out that the public should continue adapting the "4S" program of the Department of Health.
The 4S stands for search and destroy mosquito breeding places; use self-protection measures; seek early consultation for fever lasting more than two days; and say no to indiscriminate fogging.
Tan said the public should always clean the surroundings and destroy the breeding grounds of the mosquitoes.
"If you have a fever for more than two days, you should seek early consultation and drink more fluids or Oresol," she said.