Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Board Member Melvin Ibañez yesterday distributed larvicidal and dengue kits worth P1 .1 million to health officers of 16 towns and cities in the province with the biggest number of dengue cases reported this year.
From January 1 to February 9 this year 339 dengue cases have been reported compared to 75 last year, or an increase of 377 percent, the provincial health office said.
Ibañez said the speed in which the dengue cases have increased at the start of this year is alarming, and needs to be addressed immediately to prevent an epidemic.
He said that, despite of lack of funds because of the non approval of the 2013 provincial government budget by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the governor looked for the resources needed for the items distributed yesterday to fight dengue.
The 16 LGUs that received the larvicidal and dengue kits were Talisay City, San Carlos City, Bago City, Victorias City, Silay City, La Carlota City, Escalante City, Manapla, Binalbagan, Murcia, Sagay City, EB Magalona, Isabela, Cadiz City, Calatrava and La Castellana, he said.*