The number of deaths due to dengue fever in Bacolod City this year has doubled compared to last year.
From January to September 1, the city’s health office has recorded 8 dengue deaths – twice the number of last year’s dengue fatalities.
The health office said it has already recorded 884 cases this year – four times the figure recorded in 2008.
Alarmed by the ballooning number of dengue cases and casualties, the Sangguniang Panlungsod passed a resolution declaring the city under a state of imminent danger.
Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson said that they passed the resolution to allow the city government to use 10 percent of its calamity fund for the anti-dengue drive.
Sayson added that a portion of the fund will be used to provide assistance to poor patients especially those who need blood transfusions.
City Health Officer Dr. Salome Binas meanwhile reminded the public to clean their surroundings and to rid their homes of containers and tires that could be breeding places of dengue-carrying mosquitoes. By Yasmin Pascual-Dormido, ABS-CBN News Negros