AGE cases declining –CHO PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 May 2016 12:07


The City Health Office (CHO) reported a significant decrease in the number of acute gastroenteritis cases registered in the first 10 days of May as compared to the record of prior months.

A total of 208 AGE admissions were recorded in hospitals from May 1-10, a substantial decline as compared to the previous weeks which reached 600 cases in a week’s time.

Dr. Ivy Iturralde, chief of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit at the CHO however said the information campaign to prevent and control AGE is continuously pursued to cover all sectors of the community.

Aside from using the tri-media, the CHO has mobilized barangay health workers and tapped barangay officials to help in the massive information drive. House to house campaigns have also been launched in areas where many of the cases were registered.

From March 28 to May 10, the number of cases has reached 2,073.

A gastroenteritis outbreak has been declared in Zamboanga last April 25, as data based on the 5-year review of admitted AGE cases from six hospitals in the city show that the number of admissions is above the epidemic threshold.

Iturralde said the water shortage problem brought about by the long dry spell results to poor sanitation, exposing the residents to potentially contaminated water. In the midst of water crisis in the city, it remains a challenge to advocate good hygiene and sanitation practices to the residents much more on highlighting the importance of hand washing and washing of fruits and vegetables as well as water disinfection, she stressed.

“This issue must have a collaborative effort in both public and private sectors and the community,” Dr. Iturralde added. — Sheila Covarrubias