The Dumaguete City Health Office clarified that there are only 370 validated dengue cases of which 4 died in 2018 contrary to other reports that pegged the number at more than 500.
City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sarah B. Talla explains that some patients claim to reside in Dumaguete City even if they come from other towns and cities with the hope of getting medical and hospitalization assistance from the local government.
“When we say validated cases, it means we were able to verify the patient’s identity in person and actual address,” Talla said.
Nevertheless, the 370 dengue cases in 2018 were significantly higher than the 268 cases registered in 2017.
There are already 25 validated dengue cases last January of the current year (2019) slightly higher than the 16 cases for the same period in 2018.
Of the 25 dengue cases, a majority came from Candau-ay prompting Dr. Talla and Punong Barangay Gregorio Oira to conduct search and destroy operations in Puroks Yellow Tops and Orchids.
Dr. Talla noticed that the areas have plenty of used tires on the roofs and artificial containers that served as fertile breeding grounds for dengue carrying mosquitoes.
Of the 30 barangays in Dumaguete City, there are zero dengue cases recorded in Poblacion 4, Poblacion 7 and Poblacion 8 in 2018. Barangays Tabuc-tubig, Poblacion 5 and Poblacion 1 each recorded only one dengue case.
The barangays with the most number of dengue cases in 2018 were: Bagacay, Taclobo, Motong, Calindagan and Bantayan.