CHO continues AGE monitoring PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 13:48

The City Health Office continues to monitor the gastroenteritis cases in the City to provide appropriate health measures and response.

Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Kibtiya Uddin disclosed on Monday that a total of 1,538 cases of gastroenteritis has been admitted in 11 hospitals in Zamboanga City from March 28 to April 29.

Aside from sustaining its campaign and advocacy for consistent hand washing and good hygiene as the core preventive measures for gastroenteritis, the City Health Office is also coordinating closely with the investigating team of the Department of Health, along with Health Secretary Janette Garin who will be arriving in the City to get updates and reports on the City’s situation.

Meanwhile, two barangay health centers have been designated as stand-by hydration centers by the City Health Office as a precautionary measure in case of overcapacity of hospitals in the City.

“If ever hospitals, especially the ZCMC can no longer accommodate [patients], we have prepared Sta. Maria and Tetuan health centers as hydration areas if ever increasing pa syempre el [AGE] cases,” Uddin said.

Most AGE admissions were documented at ZCMC (386 cases), WMMC (217 cases), ZamPen (209 cases), Zamboanga Doctors Hospital (203 cases), Ciudad Medical Zamboanga (194 cases), Brent Hospital (147 cases), and the Mindanao Central Sanitarium (144 cases).

Moreover, the City Health Office noted that AGE cases are so far confined in barangays within the 7-kilometer City radius, except for barangay Boalan and island barangay Tigtabon which have 22 and 16 cases, respectively.

The City Health Office is also in discussions with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and hospitals in the City for the possibility lowering the minimum confinement days for diarrhea from three to two days in order to free up hospital beds.

“Dr. Agbulos is talking with hospitals si pwede two days ya lang gat el admission, para pwede entra the rest of the patients,” said Uddin.

Per PhilHealth provisions, patients with moderate to severe diarrhea should have at least three days (72 hours) of hospital stay to claim PhilHealth benefits.