BACOLOD CITY – The Negros Occidental Provincial Health Office has urged Governor Eugenio Lacson to declare a dengue outbreak as cases continue to rise.
Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, chief of the Provincial Health Office, identified the areas as the cities of Kabankalan and Bago; and the towns of Cauayan, Murcia, and Candoni.
A total of 490 cases were reported in Kabankalan, while 285 were recorded in Bago, with one death.
Cauayan listed 228 cases, with two deaths; Murcia, 147, with one death; and Candoni 135, with two deaths.
The province has a total of 3,744 cases from Jan. 1 to July 13 this year.
Earlier, Lacson issued Executive Order No. 19-19, declaring a dengue heightened alert in Negros Occidental.
“I do hereby order and ordain the uniform implementation of the various issuances from the DOH in the management of dengue cases and outbreak in all LGUs and public health utilities in the province,” Lacson then ordered.
The governor also cited the Department of Health-Center for Health Development in Western Visayas Regional Order No. 2019-09, outlining the guidelines in triaging and managing dengue cases in health facilities of Western Visayas to properly manage the rise of dengue cases and maintain appropriate case management.
According to the DOH, the management of cases is based on patient type. These include Group A, patients who may be sent home; Group B, patients who should be referred for in-hospital management; and Group C, patients with severe dengue requiring emergency treatment and urgent referral. (with reports from PNA)