The Bacolod City Health Office has requested from the City Mayor's Office P11.6 million worth of supplies and materials for its dengue prevention and control program.
Bacolod City Health Officer Dr. Carmela Gensoli yesterday said that the number of probable and suspected cases of dengue in Bacolod has reached alert level but not epidemic stage.
Gensoli said the mayor has instructed them to intensify their campaign on dengue awareness especially in the branagays.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia said the request of the CHO will require the approval of the Sangguniang Panlungsod for the revision of the City Disaster Plan.
This includes fogging machines, power sprayer, larvicidal powder and gasoline.
Leonardia said his primary concern is to get to the grassroots. The elimination of dengue will need everybody's participation.
They have requested the CHO to intensify its education campaign on dengue prevention. They also have to remind them that every three years dengue cases highten, he said.
Gensoli said that as of August 15, there were about 481 suspected and probable dengue cases in Bacolod, or an increase of about 83 percent compared to the previous year.
Seven children have died. The latest victim was a 10-year-old boy from Brgy. 35 who died on August 12, she said.
Gensoli said the top 10 barangays in Bacolod with the highest recorded dengue cases are Taculing with 60 cases, Villamonte 58, Estefania 40, Mansilingan- 38, Alijis 36, Singcang-Airport 33, Bata 31, Mandalagan 22, Brgy. 35 19, Tangub -18 Granada 17, and Banago - 12.
She said the cooperation of the barangay and the people is important.
Dr. Grace Tan said We should intensify our campaign against dengue by cleaning our surroundings to eliminate possible breeding places of mosquitoes. Fogging will not totally eliminate mosquitoes unless it is able to destroy their breeding places.
Gensoli appealed for the support and cooperation of the public since dengue should not be blamed on one person or an office. There is a need for community cooperation in the barangay level. The Brigada sa Barangay, where the 4 o'clock habit is being observed by people through cleaning their surroundings, should be reactivated, she said.
Tan said they go down to the barangays and inform the barangay captains of their status and of the education drive the CHO will be conducting.
Gensoli said that in 2013, there were 3,300 dengue cases which is higher compared to this year.
She also reminded the public to seek medical help and not wait for several days if one has a fever.*CGS
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