BACOLOD CITY – Dengue fever cases here have been see-sawing over the past six years, starting in 2014 with the highest spike to almost 500 percent in 2016.
Data obtained by DNX from the Statistics Unit of the City Health Office showed there were 444 dengue cases in 2014. The figure increased to 692 or 155 percent in 2015 and surged to 2,161 or almost 500 percent in 2016.
The data included provisional figures as of August 30 for 2019.
The years 2017 and 2018 showed a steady fall – 1,965 and 1,493, respectively – and an uptick to 1,753 in the eight months of 2019. The running tally for 2019 has already surpassed the cases for the entire 2018.
The rise and fall in Bacolod cases since 2014 appear to correspond with the nationwide trend that saw the number of dengue-infected persons fall by 44 percent (113,485 from 204,906), and ebbed and flowed thereafter.
In 2015, nationwide figures rose by 65 percent or more than 200,000 but.
In 2016, however, national figures fell to only more than 176,000 cases while it rose significantly (almost 500 percent compared to the 2014 data) here.
Over the past three years since 2016, dengue cases have been dipping – from 2,161 in 2016 to 1,950 in 2017, down to 1,479 in 2018. This year, there is a climb to 1,746 this (provisional data as of August 30).