CHO reports 244 cases of acute gastroenteritis in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 April 2016 13:55

The City Health Office has submitted its findings on the preliminary probe it conducted relative the increasing number of cases of diarrhea cases in Zamboanga City.

The preliminary report, which was submitted to City Mayor Beng Climaco on April 7, details a total of 244 cases of acute gastroenteritis admitted in different hospitals from March 30 to April 6, 2016. The largest age groups affected by the acute gastroenteritis cases were 1-5 year-old group and the under 12-months group with 108 and 50 cases, respectively.

According to the report, the barangays with the most number of diarrhea cases are Sta. Catalina (33 cases), Tumaga (16 cases), Mampang (15 cases), Upper Calarian (12 cases), Sta. Barbara (10 cases), Tetuan (9 cases), Pasonanca (8 cases), San Roque (8 cases), Guiwan (7 cases), San Jose Gusu (7 cases), Arena Blanco (6 cases), Putik (6 cases), Sta. Maria (6 cases), Tugbungan (6 cases), Ayala (5 cases), Baliwasan (5 cases), Rio Hondo (5 cases), and Talon-Talon (5 cases).

In response to the rise of diarrhea cases, the City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (CESU) immediately coordinated with the Department of Health Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit, and the sanitation division of the CHO to conduct investigation and provide assistance.

Water sampling and filter checking in all water refilling stations were conducted immediately by the sanitation division of the CHO. Bacteriological examination of water samples tested by the CHO revealed positive for total coliform (e. coli) which indicates that water is unsafe for drinking.

In terms of treatment, Hyposol solutions were given to patients who consulted to barangay health units for diarrhea cases. Chlorine tablets were also issued to residents with deep wells.

The CHO continues to monitor cases that fit the case definition as it mobilizes its environmental program to coordinate with local health centers in providing stable and safe water source through immediate water chlorination and disinfection at all water sources found positive for fecal coliform.

The CHO also urges residents to boil drinking water for 10-15 minutes as a preventative measure.