DUMAGUETE CITY – The number of dengue cases in Negros Oriental this year is 160 percent higher than the figures during the same period in 2021.
Records from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) showed that from Jan. 1 to July 30, 2022, the province logged a total of 1,067 cases, whereas there were 410 cases during the same period last year.
The PHO also reported six deaths since January this year while none were recorded in 2021.
Canlaon City topped the list of local government units (LGUs) with the highest number of cases at 237, followed by Bayawan City, 121; and this capital city, 107.
Two mortalities were reported in Bayawan City; while Dumaguete City, Guihulngan City, Sibulan, and Basay, have one each.
Assistant Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Liland Estacion, reiterated her appeal to the public to clean their surroundings to help eradicate mosquito breeding sites.
“We are expecting the cases to further increase because of the rainy season and that is why we are asking the help of the public to please be mindful of their activities,” she said in mixed English and Cebuano.
Estacion also said with the opening of classes on August 23, parents as well as the school officials should take the necessary precautions to prevent the learners from contracting the viral disease. (PNA)