The Negros Oriental Provincial Health Office said it has recorded 1,283 dengue cases with five deaths from January 1 to September 1, or a 70 percent increase from the 384 cases with zero fatality in the same period last year.
PHO Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit records show that Dumaguete topped the list of cities and towns with a high number of dengue cases at 518, with three deaths, two of them reported last month, and another in July. Sibulan town reported one fatality in January and Bacong another in May.
Bayawan City ranked second with 152 cases, Siaton, 73; Tanjay City, 61; Bais City, 55; Sibulan, 53; Basay, 42; Dauin, 41; Sta. Catalina, 39; and Valencia, 32, the PHO report shows.
The report covers all the district hospitals in the province.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Health Team Office of the Department of Health said that dengue admissions to Silliman University Medical Center, the Holy Child Hospital and the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, all in Dumaguete, showed 907 cases, or 188 percent more than the January 1 to September 1, 2011 data.
Health authorities again appealing to the public to adopt the 4S strategy in combating dengue, that stands for Search and destroy mosquito breeding grounds, Seek early consultation, adopt Self protection measures, like insect repellant lotions, and Say No to indiscriminate fogging.*JFP
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