By JOEY NACALABAN
THE city’s top health official yesterday sounded alarm bells over the rising number of dengue cases in the city.
At least 12 barangays here are in city hall’s watchlist because of the number of dengue cases noted in the areas since January, said Dr. Fe Bongcas, city health officer.
Bongcas said the local health office counted 292 dengue cases in these villages from Jan. 1 to Feb. 2.
Carmen, the city’s most populous barangay, registered the highest number of dengue cases at 28, followed by Barangay Lumbia that had 21 cases.
The health office said Bugo was third in the list with 19 cases; Lapasan, 17; Macasandig, 16; Canitoan, 15; Iponan, 13; Kauswagan, 12; and Macabalan, 11.
Records show that from Jan. 1 to Jan. 26, there were already 253 dengue cases recorded by the City Health Office. The number of cases shot up to 41 from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2 or in just a week’s time.
“Pasalamat lang ta kay unlike previous years nga dunay natala nga nangamatay tungod sa maong sakit hilabi na sa mga bata, this time wala,” Bongcas said.
Bongcas said it is understandable why Carmen registered the most number of dengue cases — it’s the city’s most thickly settled barangay and given its relatively vast territory.
The dengue cases in Kauswagan, according to Bongcas, came as a surprise to her given that no dengue case in the barangay was registered in the CHO last year.
Bongcas called on residents of the city to protect themselves from dengue fever-causing mosquitoes.
City hall, she said, would step up the information campaign on dengue, and on the need for clean surroundings that cannot become breeding grounds for dengue-causing mosquitoes.
Bongcas advised residents with dengue symptoms not to take chances and go to their doctors for check-ups.