BACOLOD CITY - Gian Desales of Barangay 35, Bacolod City was a Grade 4 consistent honor pupil. But he died of dengue last Friday.
He is the seventh dengue casualty in the city.
Geraldine, Gian's sister, said Desales has been sick for several days already but was sent to the hospital only last Aug 9, where he was declared to be in dengue shock and was diagnosed of multi-organ failure.
She added, it's still hard for their family to accept what happened especially because Gian is the youngest and the only boy among five siblings.
The family said, it was really a hard lesson learned for them, and they are now asking people to immediately see a doctor if they are having an 'on and off' fever or any dengue symptoms.
City Health Officer Dr. Carmela Gensoli said the sudden surge of dengue cases is very alarming.
Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital Medical Center Chief Dr. Julius Drilon confirmed a 150% increase of admission in the hospital compared to last year.
Their medical staff has already been stretched out from previously 1:3 medical personnel to patients, to 1:8 nowadays.
As of August 12, there were 403 suspected dengue cases in Bacolod with seven probable and suspected dengue deaths.
There were 2,520 cases meanwhile in the whole Negros Occidental, where 11 deaths were recorded.