Water scarcity triggers LBM, diarrhea cases PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 11:33

The current water crisis has triggered cases of diarrhea and loose bowel movement (LBM) reported in hospitals throughout the city.

The City Health Office is currently conducting an investigation and completing its report on the high number of cases reported by the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) and other local hospitals.

City Health Officer Dr Rodel Agbulos said that some hospitals are asking for assistance due to the influx of patients currently asking treatment for diarrhea and loose bowel movement.

The cases were traced to the current water shortage  which results to poor hygiene and unsafe water being taken in by consumers.

Majority of the patients are children who are vulnerable to the crisis.

The Zamboanga City Medical Center reportedly asked for assistance from local government due to the high number of children seeking treatment.

ZCMC alone reported a total of 30 diarrhea cases yesterday, Agbulos said.

The City Health Officer issued the statement as thousands of residents line up before water refilling stations to get water.

People who have access to water have taken to storing water in pails, tubs and other containers.

Agbulos advised consumers to boil water first before drinking.