By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
BAYAWAN CITY, Negros Oriental (PIA) – Dengue cases in Bayawan City went up to 61 in May this year, from 45 cases recorded in the same period last year.
The increase in cases prompted the local government to call for a conference of all barangay captains.
This was reported recently by City Health Officer and Sanitary Inspector Dr. Jenny June Tignao who said that incumbent Mayor and incoming Vice Mayor Ismael Martinez gathered the barangay officials for an orientation-meeting.
Martinez called on the local officials to step up their anti-dengue campaign and urge the residents in their respective barangays to help put a stop to the spread of dengue.
“The news that dengue cases in the barangays have become disturbing based on the records in the sanitation last month that showed that the number of patients is increasing,” said the mayor.
Dr. Tignao urged barangay officials to assist in the public information on anti-dengue campaign by always keeping their surroundings clean and reduce mosquito habitats.
According to Napoleon Capulso, head of sanitation section of City Healh Office (CHO) here, under the agenda of the action plan of the barangay captains is what they are going to do to reduce dengue cases and eliminate dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
“With the onset of rainy days in June and the residents have not done something to prevent the dengue cases, it is expected that this may escalate,” the health official said.
Barangay officials also asked to produce posters and pamphlets to support the awareness campaign. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental with reports from Cindy Botones & Dezairie Oriendo, interns NORSU Bayawan/This article was originally published at PIA website on June 20, 2016 )