7 kids with diarrhea alarm health office PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 16:14

The City Health Office yesterday expressed alarm over reports of seven cases of diarrhea at one time involving children coming from the different barangays in the city.

Though sporadic, City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos said that such cases could already been considered as alarming since most of the patients have been suffering from diarrhea with severe dehydration.
Diarrhea outbreak was also reported in Isabela City involving several victims.

Records from the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) revealed that at least seven children were admitted Monday evening.

Agbulos said that the diarrhea patients came from the barangays of Sinunuc, Mercedes, Mampang and Sta. Catalina.

Another patient from Sta. Catalina was placed under observation yesterday afternoon after the little boy suffered from LBM (loose bowel movement).

According to Mr. Idjilani, the father of the boy, the pediatrician of the ZCMC told him that amoeba contaminated water could be the cause of the boy’s poor health condition.

Idjilani told DZT that he and many of his neighbors at Martha Drive and other areas in Sta. Catalina have been observing unsual color of the water coming out from their respective faucet for the past few days.

Immediately, Dr. Agbulos requested Zamboanga City Water District General Manager Leonardo Vasquez to send his technical people in Sta. Catalina to check all pipes of possible leaks and samples were taken for laboratory examination.

With this latest diarrhea case, Dr. Agbulos called on residents to take precautionary measures like boiling the water first before drinking and make sure that foods are free from insects like cockroaches and flies. — Jimmy Villaflores