CHO urges sanitation to combat diseases PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 April 2016 11:52

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

The City Health Office has issued a health advisory on wash and sanitation yesterday afternoon urging residents to observe good hygiene and safe water storage practices to avoid gastrointestinal illnesses.

In his statement to the local press Monday, April 4, City Health Officer Dr. RodelinAgbulos reported a rise in the number of gastrointestinal complaints in the City.

“We can already hear a lot of complaints of gastroenteritis, maga LBM, again, related to sanitation, related to lack of water, personal hygiene, and el agua ta toma sila. We do not know el source of water ta saka sila, or even the food, how to prepare, the handling and the storage of food,” Agbulos said.

To avoid diarrhea and other gastrointestinal illnesses, the City Health in its advisory counseled residents to practice good personal hygiene and frequent hand washing, and to be careful of what they eat and drink. Residents were also urged to maintain the cleanliness of areas used primarily for food preparation and storage.

Moreover, the City Health Office encourages residents to boil their water prior to drinking and to using it in food preparation.

According to the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD), there is an expected rise in diarrhea because stored water loses its residual chlorine within 24 hours, making it more susceptible to causing diarrhea and other gastrointestinal diseases.

“Chlorine residual dissipates after 24 hours. Water rationing is every other day so by the time water comes in, the stored water no longer has residual chlorine,” said Engr. Alejo Rojas, Assistant General Manager – Operations of ZCWD said.

The ZCWD called on residents to clean water storage containers regularly as water stored for more than 24 hours is more susceptible to causing diarrhea and gastrointestinal illnesses. Water stored should be boiled or treated with chlorine to maintain .3 ppm residue.

Rojas said the ZCWD will be working closely with the City Health Office to monitor the cases of diarrhea and other water-borne diseases. – Jasmine Mohammadsali