AGE death toll climbs to 19 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 May 2016 11:17

Nineteen (19) people, majority of which under 5 years old died of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) as the diarrhea outbreak continues to shroud the city since its declaration last April.

Latest update from the City Health Office Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit show that the AGE death toll rose to 19 as of May 15 with ages of fatalities ranging from 2 months to 50 years old. Sixteen (16) of the victims were under 5 years old.

Eight (8) deaths have co-morbidities such as pneumonia, malnutrition, meningitis and myocardial infarction. Majority died at the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC).

There were 2,324 AGE cases admitted in 11 hospitals in the city between March 28 to May 14, 2016 with the increase in the admission noted on April 4, according to Dr. Ivy Iturralde of the CHO.

More than half of the cases were from the pediatric group particularly the under 5 years old and more than half of the cases were males.

Barangay Sta. Catalina has the highest attack rate of AGE cases followed by barangays Zone III, Sta. Barbara and Calarian.  Calarian also has the most number of admitted cases of AGE followed by Sta. Catalina and San Roque.

Dr. Iturralde said 100 or 72% of the cases interviewed used water refilling stations as major source of drinking water while 21% or 29 use water serviced by the Zamboanga City Water District. Only 40 or 29% of the cases interviewed boiled water before drinking.

Meanwhile, the CHO continuously intensifies its AGE advocacy and other prevention and control measures. Sanitary inspectors regularly conduct water testing in refilling stations and all concerned establishments. — Sheila Covarrubias