Diarrhea claims 8 lives in Sulu

Published April 30, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Nonoy E. Lacson

Jolo, Sulu – From March 18 to the present, eight persons have already died due to diarrhea in a town in this province, according to a report received by the Provincial Health Board (PHB) recently.

According to Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan, ll, concurrent chairperson of the PHB, diarrhea may been have caused by  the poor sanitary  conditions in many household in this capital town of Sulu and its adjacent towns.

Tan said that, in their survey, only  15 percent of the total number of  households in Jolo have sanitary toilets, while about 75 percent of households in this town  have access to potable water.

Tan said that in the  town of Pata alone, 180 cases of diarrhea were recorded in four  barangays from the period of March 18 to April 4 this year, resulting in the death of eight individuals.

Tan has ordered the Provincial Health Office (PHO) here and other concerned agencies to continue to educate the residents on the importance of having sanitary toilets in their residences.

He also ordered the DSWD to properly enforce the provision of vaccination to children of indigent families.

He likewise asked the provincial engineering office to ensure that newly constructed buildings,  both commercial and residential, must have their own  sanitary toilets.

Meanwhile, the  Provincial Health Officer Dr. Fahra t Omar said that number of incidence of measles in the capital town of Jolo has gone down in the  first quarter of 2018 by more than 50 percent  to  211 as compared to 525 for the same period last year.