CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The number of cardiac arrests in the city has surged in 2017 from an average of 17 incidents a week compared to only five per week in 2016.
Speaking during the Awareness on Lifestyle Related Diseases Summit held over the weekend, City Health Office assistant head Rachel Dilla said that most of the victims come from the suburban barangays including Barangays 1 to 40 as well as Carmen, Bulua, Kauswagan, Lapasan, Gusa, Canitoan, Bugo, Patag, Macasandig, Cugman, Nazareth, Macabalan, Consolacion, Iponan, Balulang, Tablon, Agusan, Bugo and Bayabas.
In her presentation, Dilla attributed the increase of the number of victims to a less healthy lifestyle among the populace.
Cardiac arrest remains to be the number one cause of death in Cagayan de Oro followed by pneumonia, cancer, cerebrovascular disease (stroke), hypertensive or high blood pressure, diabetes, vehicular accidents, tuberculosis and liver disease.
Because of this, Dilla urged the people to habitually practice healthy living.
In a separate forum, Department of Health (DOH) regional epidemiologist David Mendoza reported that the agency is closely monitoring an unusually high surge of measles cases in the region.
For the period January 1 to April 2 alone, DOH already has recorded 42 measles cases in Cagayan de Oro City followed by 36 in Iligan City, 24 in Balo-I, Lanao del Norte; 23 in Maigo, Lanao del Norte; 18 in Ozamiz City, 14 in Tubod, Lanao del Norte; 12 in Medina, Misamis Oriental; ten in Salay, Misamis Oriental; ten in Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte; and ten in Baroy, Lanao del Norte.
Mendoza reminded the public to watch out for the following diseases this summer: typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A, food poisoning, diarrhea, sore eyes, measles, dengue, malaria, sunburn and prickly heat.
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