Dengue cases in Negros Occidental including its capital Bacolod City continue to rise, records from the Department of Health in Region 6 showed yesterday.

There are six new cases in Negros Occidental bringing the total number of cases to 984 as of June 4 or 984 percent higher than that of the same period last year.

Kabankalan City has the highest recorded dengue cases with 48 followed by Himamaylan City and Hinigaran town with 35 cases and La Carlota City with 25.

In Bacolod City, four new cases were recorded making the total number of residents falling ill to the mosquito-borne disease climb to 190 or a 129 percent increase than the same period last year.

Barangay Tangub topped the list with 14 cases, followed by Barangay Villamonte with 6.

Meanwhile, Barangays Mandalagan, Taculing and Estefania have five cases each.

With this, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia has ordered the City Health Office (CHO) to intensify its Barangay Anti-Dengue campaign as the dengue cases continue to increase.

Leonardia, in a statement, said yesterday that much like coronavirus disease (Covid-19), dengue is a serious matter and they cannot afford to have another pandemic.

He said the barangay leaders as well as their healthcare workers should coordinate with the CHO to address the dengue cases within their barangays.

Dr. Grace Tan, head of the CHO Environment Sanitation Division, said they are also partnering with barangays in the conduct of Executive Order No. 17 or the creation of the Anti-Dengue Committee and the Barangay Anti-Dengue Task Force.

This is on top of the distribution of larvicides, tri-media campaign, fogging and spraying in and around index cases and schools, epidemiological surveys, coordination with the Liga ng Barangay, partnership with establishments, Dengue Noise Caravans and the activation of Dengue Fast Lanes in health centers, Tan said.