By CRIS DIAZ
CAGAYAN de Oro City–Department of Health (DOH) officials from Manila arrived in Medina, Misamis Oriental Thursday to assess the health condition of that town, 36 kilometers east of here, after health officials confirmed that the diarrhea outbreak that started July 1 was caused by “Cholera” bacteria.
In a talk with The Mindanao Daily News Thursday afternoon, Mayor Donato Chan said that the “diarrhea outbreak” in Medina was already contained with only one patient Wednesday who was sent home immediately after getting appropriate medical treatment.
Chan, however, said that health officials are not getting chances after the official result of the DOH water analysis confirmed the presence of E. Coli bacteria in seven water samplings of the 12 submitted for analysis.
The water sample analysis was conducted through rectal swabs of 12 diarrhea patients during the outbreak of the diarrhea last July 1, 2017 where two residents died and about 500 people were admitted for treatment, Chan said.
He said that sanitary inspectors of the Provincial Health Office and the DOH confirmed the presence of “Cholerae El Tor” or “Cholera” bacteria in seven patients while the five
others were found negative of the bacteria.
It was also found out that other than the main spring water source of the Medina Waterworks System Cooperative (MERWASCO), the water in shallow and deep wells in Medina have been found to have “E. coli bacteria,” Chan said.
According to Chan , the two medical experts from the DOH in Manila would supervise the management on how to effectively control the outbreak and avoid the recurrence of the “Cholera” outbreak in Medina.
He said that town residents have been advised to boil the water for 15 to 20 minutes to make the water safe for drinking, although “Chlorine” have been applied in the deep and shallow wells, too.
“We advise town residents to immediately get treatment on any sign of diarrhea to avoid complications. The local government, health units have enough medicines that are distributed for free to afflicted individuals,” Chang said.
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