City posts two more post-typhoon deaths


ILOILO City – Two died of infectious leptospirosis in this city, bringing to three the number of casualties since Typhoon “Frank” left.

Jose Militar, former village chief of Brgy. Banuyao, La Paz district, expired yesterday.

The other leptospirosis victim was 28-year-old Severo Villamucho, a resident of Brgy. San Roque, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras but worked and temporarily resided in Mandurriao district.

Villamucho had been hospitalized at the Western Visayas Medical Center since June 27. He died on Monday.

Leptospirosis is a water-borne disease usual in flooded areas. It is caused by the contamination of the flood water with animal urine. Infection begins when the contaminated water comes in contact with broken skin.

Friday last week, this city recorded its first post-typhoon casualty from a water-born disease. The 21-year old Florence Natalie Dagohoy of Brgy. Bolilao, Mandurriao was the first recorded casualty of diarrhea.

Yesterday, Mayor Jerry Treñas ordered the release of P20,000 for the procurement of antibiotics – like doxycycline and profilaxis – for the treatment of these diseases.

The medicines will be dispatched to various health centers in the metropolis.

City Health Office (CHO) chief Dr. Urminico Baronda said prone to infection are those with open wounds and treading on murky and contaminated waters.

Treñas urged residents to immediately see a doctor if they think they are sick.

But he admitted that the CHO lacks manpower – doctors, nurses, midwives, etc. – in health centers.

Still, Baronda remains confident that post-typhoon illnesses, especially gastrointestinal diseases, would be manageable.

His office has recorded some 50 cases of stomach problems.

Treñas yesterday said water supplies being distributed by the city’s fire trucks and water tanks are potable drinking water and not other purposes.

Treñas said the local government resorted to water distribution as 75 percent of the city’s 418,000 population are without available drinking water.

The residents’ need for potable should be prioritized and attended to, the mayor stressed.
Thousands of bottled water being provided are not sufficient to the daily demands of city residents, the mayor admitted.

Several water treatment plants are now stationed in critical areas, where water sources and supplies are scarce.

The city has stationed three small water treatment plants from Ayala-Metro Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) compound.

MIWD presently provides free three to five gallons of water to city residents daily.
The water treatment plant the Spanish government donated will be stationed in Jaro district, Treñas said.

The Department of Health and the City Health Office had issued health advisories on water-borne diseases that may emerge – diarrhea, cholera, typhoid fever and leptospirosis, among others.

Typhoon “Frank” swamped almost half of the city’s land area with water and mud, contaminating almost all sources of potable water. Even some water refilling stations were not spared by the inundation.

The CHO advised residents to boil first their drinking water./PN

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