Diarrhea cases in province climb to 724


By NIÑA JANE A. SOURIBIO

ILOILO – Diarrhea cases in this province have now reached 724, reported the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

The figure could still rise, said Provincial Health Officer Patricia Grace Trabado, as municipalities grapple for potable water.

Respiratory and skin diseases are also being looked into by the PHO, said Trabado.
The town of Barotac Viejo, one of the municipalities devastated by Typhoon “Frank,” has the highest number of diarrhea cases with 43. It was followed by Miag-ao with 23.

Respiratory ailments like colds, on the other hand, reached 1,877 across the province.
There were 1,285 recorded cases of various skin diseases, PHO revealed.

“Health officers were dispatched to evacuation centers to prevent the outbreak of diseases,” Trabado said.

She had one simple advice to Ilonggos: boil their drinking water first.

Diarrhea cases have gone up to 724 cases from the previously 233 cases, respiratory tract infection to 1,077 from 1,029, headache to 1,140 from 628, injuries to 2,045 from 1,048, and skin infection to 1,425 from 448.

Trabado stressed, however, that the situation could not be considered alarming.

She advised people to seek early intervention if they are sick by going to the nearest barangay health stations, rural health units, and even submit to medical missions being conducted in their areas./PN

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