The number of dengue cases in Bacolod City dropped by 50 percent from January 1 to September 30 this year compared to the same period last year.
Records from the City Health Office (CHO) showed that the city had a total of 414 dengue cases, with three fatalities.
For the same period last year, there were 834 cases and 127 deaths.
Dr. Grace Tan, head of the City Health Office-Environment Sanitation Division, said that the three fatalities include the nine-year-old girl from Barangay Villamonte, the six-year-old girl from Barangay Tangub, and the 13-year-old male from Barangay Mansilingan.
She said of the 61 barangays, Mansilingan had the highest number of cases with 44, followed by Taculing with 37 cases, Barangay Estefania with 29 cases, Barangays Tangub and Singcang-Airport with 27 cases each, Barangay Vista Alegre with 24, Barangay Alijis with 23, Barangay Villamonte with 21, Barangay Mandalagan with 20, Barangay Granada with 19, Barangay Cabug with 17, Barangay Pahanocoy with 13, and Barangay Bata with 12 cases.
She said from September 9 to 30, the barangays with clustering cases include Barangays Taculing, Mansilingan, and Granada.
Tan noted that dengue still affects people of different ages and genders through the bite of female-infected mosquitoes.
Tan said the most commonly noted mosquito breeding places include the water in uncovered containers both inside and outside the homes.
She said patients with dengue easily get dehydrated, leading to low blood pressure and shock.
She added that they were conducting spraying and fogging in various barangays to prevent the increase in dengue infection.
Tan noted that they also intensified their advocacy or information drive through bench talks, “recorida,” and quad media campaigns.
Tan urged the public to practice the 5S dengue prevention, which stands for search and destroy, use self-protection, seek early treatment, say yes to fogging or spraying, and stay hydrated.*