Negros dengue cases
up 80.84%, one death
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Dengue cases in Negros Occidental from January to August this year were up 80.84 percent, compared to the same period last year, with one death reported, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, Negros Occidental provincial health officer, said yesterday.
In Bacolod City, dengue cases were lower by 47 this year compared to last year with one death reported, Dr. Carmela Gensoli, City Health Office OIC, said.
The number of hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) in Negros Occidental from January to August 15 this year hit 140, or 6,900 percent higher compared to two cases reported in 2014, a Provincial Health Office report said yesterday.
The increase in cases can be attributed to better reporting of HFMD cases now than in the past, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, Negros Occidental provincial health officer, said.
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Home for aged, sick priests
to be constructed in Sibulan
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes led the groundbreaking ceremony Saturday of the modern St. John Mary Vianney Home for the aged and sick priests, at the St. Joseph Seminary College grounds in Sibulan town, Negros Oriental.
He was assisted by Sr. Gloria Ibalio of the diocese's Holy Child Hospital and other priests during the groundbreaking, that was also attended by contractors, seminarians, sponsors, donors and church workers, among others.
Cortes said it is his responsibility as the bishop to provide a retirement home for the priests who are aged, sick or incapacitated, to fulfill the regular functions and undertake other activities of the regular clergy serving in the parishes or in other positions. .