DSWD provides financial aid to families affected by typhoid fever in Cebu

Published July 7, 2022, 8:01 PM

by Charie Mae F. Abarca

Over three hundred residents affected by the increasing number of typhoid fever cases in Cebu received cash aid from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Barili residents affected by typhoid fever receive financial aid from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD/ Manila Bulletin)

In a press statement issued on Thursday, July 7, DSWD said that its regional office VII, following the urgent directive of DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo, has provided P5,000 cash assistance to at least 313 patients in Barili, Cebu as of Wednesday, July 6.

Apart from this, its field office likewise extended P10,000 burial assistance to bereaved families of the patients who died due to the ailment.

“The field office is continuously coordinating with the Municipal Action Team in Barili to closely monitor the situation and to provide other interventions. The DSWD is also currently facilitating the preparation of hygiene kits for the affected families,” said DSWD.

Meanwhile, in relation to this, the public was advised to take precautionary measures such as boiling water for drinking and cooking food thoroughly to avoid contamination.

Typhoid fever is a life-threatening infection caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhi. It usually spreads through contaminated food and water.