Davao del Norte town logs 171 diarrhea cases, declares outbreak

Published July 17, 2021, 3:17 PM

by Antonio Colina IV

THE local government of Santo Tomas in Davao del Norte puts up a makeshift medical facility in the barangay covered court to attend to residents suffering from diarrhea. (Photo courtesy of Office of the Municipal Information Officer-Santo Tomas LGU)
DAVAO CITY – Mayor Ernesto Evangelista of Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte declared a diarrhea outbreak in Barangay Tulalian yesterday after the local government recorded 171 total cases with one death since Wednesday from drinking contaminated tap water.

Mart Sambalud, information officer of Santo Tomas, said in an interview that the mayor has declared the water, provided by the Tulalian Water Association (Tuwasa), unsafe for drinking and rationed potable water to residents.

He said of the total cases, 124 have been discharged while 47 are currently confined in various hospitals in the province – six at Rivera Medical Center Inc., 10 at Matutes Medical Clinic and Hospital, 21 at Carmen District Hospital, five at Metropolitan Polymedic Community Hospital Inc., and five at a medical facility of Tadeco Medical Facility.

THE local government of Santo Tomas in Davao del Norte puts up a makeshift medical facility in the barangay covered court to attend to residents suffering from diarrhea. (Photo courtesy of Office of the Municipal Information Officer-Santo Tomas LGU)
He said a 58-year-old resident died after suffering from loose bowel movement, stomach pain, and vomiting.

The cases are from 128 households in the barangay’s nine “puroks,” according to him.

According to the mayor, the situation is now under control after the local government provided medical care.

Charlemagne Fernandez, the Municipal Health Office administrator, said local health authorities have begun an investigation of the incident but the initial environment sanitation report pointed to “poor chlorine disinfection” as the possible cause of the outbreak.

 
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