Diarrhea outbreak declared in Brgy. Sukailang
Dr. Emmanuel Plandano, assistant city health officer, said that at least 117 residents from the said barangay were already affected by the disease since December 1, of which two were rushed to the Caraga Regional Hospital for immediate treatment.
Patients were experiencing severe stomachache and loose bowel movement, which are the usual symptoms of diarrhea.
To date, a total of 65 patients were already consulted by the city health authorities while 52 others are seeking with other medications.
Gorospe Menor, Communicable Disease Cluster coordinator, narrated that upon receipt of the report, their office immediately dispatched their surveillance team in the area and conducted a study and ocular inspection to identify the cause of the disease.
Menor theorized that the cause of the diarrhea outbreak has something to do with their drinking waters, which is believed to be contaminated.
The coordinator said their office has already launched an advocacy to some 80 residents at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the barangay aimed to minimize or eradicate the incidence in the area.
“We discussed the importance of environmental sanitation, proper food preparation, importance of using the toilet, proper handwashing and proper storage of drinking water,” she said.
Menor also said that they have also conducted a random rectal swab for Typhoid fever examination and the results will be released a week after.
“We also conducted a routine stool examination to some 13 patients, eight were diagnosed for Amoeba infections,” Menor added.
Menor said they have also coordinated with the Surigao Metropolitan Water District (SMWD) for technical assistance for the installation of chlorination device at the water reservoir, “as recommended by the team of Sanitation Inspectors of the office.” (PIA-Surigao del Norte)