CHO: Diarrhea cases in Limpapa PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2014 13:02

The City Health Office (CHO) yesterday started the chlorination of Barangay Limpapa’s water source in a bid to arrest the rising number of diarrhea cases in the area.

This after the result of water analysis conducted from samples collected on September 7 had revealed the presence of E.Coli by Coliform Bacteria, which usually indicates contamination of water source with human feces.    The result belies earlier speculations on a possible outbreak of cholera in the barangay.

Medical Officer and head of CHO-Labuan District Dr. Fatima Alamia had reported the rise of diarrhea cases in the area, prompting City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos to immediately dispatch a medical team to conduct epidemiologic surveillance to determine the nature, cause and gravity of the problem as well as to prevent further increase of diarrhea cases.

The team, headed by Dr. Alamia and Dr. Juliet Ruste, had performed home visitations to look for patients presented with liquid or watery stools at least three times within a 24-hour period. Such patients were made to undergo rectal swab using culture media to render the identification of possible cholera.

There were 37 diarrhea cases seen at home while 42 cases have been referred to various hospitals for medical attention.

One mortality related to dehydration secondary to loose bowel movement (LBM) with pneumonia had been recorded.

Meanwhile, CHO personnel are intensifying their information campaigns to inform households particularly in Lower and Upper Luuk of Brangay Limpapa on the diarrhea problem in the area as well as to educate them on the proper boiling of water for drinking and its importance.

Residents are also advised on the proper preparation of sodium hypochlorite solution used to treat diarrhea patients, with instructions to immediately bring persons with profuse LBM to a medical facility.

CHO has recommended for the continued monitoring of diarrhea cases in coordination with the Department of Health and the chlorination of the barangay’s main water source. — Claudine Uniana