DOH warns public of diseases prevailing during typhoon season
Marje Pelayo • October 30, 2018 • 1746
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) as always, reminds the public, especially parents, to monitor their children and bar them from wading through flood water because of water-borne diseases associated with the typhoon season.
Aside from leptospirosis, some diseases that can be fatal during rainy season include dengue, influenza, typhoid fever and cholera.
“Pakiusap namin sa mga magulang na kasi po kapag talagang nagtampisaw ang bata sa tubig na marumi lahat ng sakit nandoon na, mayroong bacteria, mayroong fungus, may virus katulad ng leptospirosis,” said DOH Spokesperson Eric Domingo.
Domingo said flood water contains high level of pollutants especially contaminated water coming from sewage, toilets and canals.
“Hindi natin alam saan nanggaling iyong tubig na iyan kasama na po iyong dumi galing sa imburnal, kasama na po ang dumi sa kalye at kapag nainom pa siyempre ng bata ito habang nagswi- swimming siya at naglalaro, doon papasok pa sa katawan niya. Napakarami pong sakit na makukuha sa maruning tubig at hindi dapat gawing laruan ng mga bata,” Domingo added.
The health official said children who swim in flood water may possibly drink contaminated water which may result in diarrhea or cholera.
What is important, Domingo said, is for households to store clean water supply for drinking and domestic use to prevent diseases.
“Water supply natin maaring ma- contaminate iyong pinagkukuhanan ng tubig lalo na iyong mga gagamitin na inumin or gagamiting sa pantimpla ng halimbawa ipapainom sa mga bata. Common din ang mga sakit na gastroenteritis, hepatitis at may mga mas grabe pa katulad ng typhoid at cholera,” he said.
The DOH said a bowel movement of more than four times a day may not be a normal diarrhea, therefore the person should seek medical attention immediately to avoid dehydration.
Households should also maintain enough supply of first aid medicines for common colds and fever, according to Domingo. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has tapped the service of military hospitals amid following the declaration of national dengue alert.
According to DOH Spokesperson Eric Domingo, they have asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to be on standby in case the number of dengue cases increases beyond government hospitals’ capacity.
“Ang PNP at ang AFP natin may mga hospitals din naman sila and we have to network with them in case na talagang dumami ang pasyente (The PNP and the AFP also have hospitals and we have to network with them in case the number of patients increases),” Domingo said.
“Halimbawa may mga lugar na malayo sa amin tapos sila may hospital maari kaming makipagtulungan para ma- admit din ang mga pasyente sa mga hospitals nila (There are certain areas beyond our reach where military hospitals are located. We can ask for help to admit the patients there in their hospitals),” he added.
On Wednesday (July 17), Health Secretary Francisco Duque III met with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Health Cluster to discuss measures to curb the sudden rise of dengue infections in the country.
The DOH is in cooperation with other agencies like the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in implementing actions in schools to prevent dengue, in educating the public on the dangers of dengue infection, and in coordinating with the local government units in destroying potential breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitoes in different areas in the country.
“Kailangan talaga sa schools maglinis tayo, ma- educate natin iyong children at iyong parents kung paano iyong dapat natin gawin to prevent itong dengue at tsaka meron tayong changes sa mga patakaran sa school, (We need to have regularly clean up drive in schools and we need to educate the children and the parents on what to do to prevent dengue. Also, we have changes in school regulations,)” the DOH Spokesperson said.
Likewise, among the agencies’ action plans include designation of additional hospital rooms for dengue patients through Philippine Red Cross and the construction of extra hospital tents which can be used for emergency.
Domingo stressed the need to always be alert in providing the medical needs of dengue patients in order to prevent further deaths caused by dengue infection this year.
The DOH advises households to dispose stagnant water and dirty containers where dengue mosquitoes may breed.
Install protections such as window and door screens.
Likewise, do not let your child play or come near areas where mosquitoes are breeding.
“Maganda pa rin talaga naka- pantalon at long sleeves ang mga bata para hindi siya makakagat ng lamok (It is better to have your child wear long pants and long sleeves to prevent mosquito bites),” Domingo advised.
The DOH, as always, reminds the public to immediately bring the patient to the nearest hospital if symptoms of dengue manifest.
The agency can be reached through the DOH hotline numbers 711-1001 and 711-1002 for inquiry about dengue. — with reports from Aiko Miguel
MANILA, Philippines – Due to frequent service interruptions, clients of Maynilad and Manila Water are depending on water rations to survive their daily need for water.
Households are making sure to store water which they can use when taps run out of water.
But the Department of Health (DOH) has warned the public to be very careful in using stored water as they may be contaminated.
The Health Department explained that bacteria may thrive in stored water usually in open containers and those that are not regularly cleaned.
Also, tap water may be contaminated from being stuck in the faucet during longer hours of service interruptions.
“Iyong mga organisms na galing sa surroundings, sa maduming water, sa soil pwedeng mapasok doon sa tubo kasi may leak (Organisms coming from the surroundings, from contaminated water, may enter the tap due to leak),” explained DOH-NCR Asst. Regional Director Paz Corrales.
“Siyempre darating ang tubig dadaan doon. Tayong mga household na mga consumers ng water ang siyang maaapektuhan (Water flows through it. The households will be the most affected),” she added.
The common types of water-borne diseases, according to DOH, are cholera, typhoid fever, and diarrhea which can lead to dehydration and death.
Thus, the DOH advises the public to maintain the cleanliness of surroundings and make it a habit to you’re your hands especially the children.
If in doubt, bring the tap water into boil to kill the bacteria.
Aqua tabs or chlorine tabs are also available and can be acquired for free in local health centers.
“The usual na pakuluan ang tubig na lumalabas pero ang pagpapakulo ay hindi iyong (basta) pinakulo mo na,papatayin mo na (dapat) 10 minutes (The usual is we boil tap water but it is not just mere boiling. It has to be at least 10 minutes boiling time),” explained Corrales.
The DOH also reminds the public to make sure that water containers are covered to prevent them from becoming breeding grounds for dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
It would also help if we use water filters to separate and eliminate residues from the running water.
For nursing mothers, breastfeeding is also very important to strengthen the baby’s immune system.
“We really promote exclusive breastfeeding kasi sa breastfeeding, you get the most nutritious of the nutritious food. The very essential nutrients ay nandodoon (are present in it) to help you combat infection,” Corrales concluded. – with details from Aiko Miguel
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