Zambo intensifies advocacy as acute gastro death toll rises to 19 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 May 2016 11:54

The City Health Office continuously intensifies its acute gastroenteritis (AGE) advocacy and other prevention and control measures as the diarrhea outbreak remains to shroud this city since its declaration last month.

Latest update from the City Health Office Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit showed the AGE death toll rose to 19 as of May 15 with ages of fatalities ranging from two months to 50 years old.

Dr. Ivy Iturralde, epidemiology and surveillance unit head, disclosed that 16 of the 19 victims were under five years old.

Iturralde said that eight deaths have co-morbidities such as pneumonia, malnutrition, meningitis and myocardial infarction.

Majority of them died at the government-owned Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC).

Iturralde said there were 2,324 AGE cases admitted in 11 hospitals in this city from March 28 to May 14 with the increase in the admission noted on April 4.

She said that more than half of the cases were from the pediatric group, particularly the under five years old and more than half of the cases were males.

She said 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.

The Department of Health’s (DOH) Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) earlier said that rotavirus was the main cause in the surge of AGE cases recorded in this city.

Dr. Maria Agnes Mabolo, local health support division chief of the Department of Health (DOH) regional office, told the Philippines News Agency that the main contaminant of the rotavirus was the water taken by the patients.

Iturralde said 100 or 72 percent of the cases interviewed used water refilling stations as major source of drinking water while 21 percent or 29 use water serviced by the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD).

She said only 40, or 29 percent of the cases interviewed boiled water before drinking.

Aside from intensified advocacy, Iturralde said sanitary inspectors regularly conduct water testing in refilling stations and all concerned establishments in this city.