DOH assures Barili of assistance amid typhoid cases

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THE Department of Health (DOH)-Central Visayas assured Tuesday, June 28, 2022, that it will assist the Municipality of Barili in southern Cebu amid the increase in the number of typhoid fever cases in the town.

The DOH regional office told reporters Tuesday, June 28, that it has already delivered 50 test kits to Barili and it will also send rectal swab kits to immediately identify whether the suspected cases have Salmonella Typhi, a bacterium responsible for typhoid fever.

Dr. Ronald Jarvik Buscato, medical officer of DOH-Central Visayas, said they will also send healthcare workers and medical equipment to help Barili address the increasing number of suspected typhoid cases.

He said they will assist the hospital and infirmary, which reportedly have been overwhelmed with patients.

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To make sure that the water consumed by residents are clean and safe, the DOH said it will distribute aqua tabs to about five barangays of Barili that have reported typhoid fever cases.

“We’re doing our best to provide these,” said Buscato.

The DOH said investigation on the incident revealed that poor sanitation has contributed to the increase in cases.

“Same sa ilahang RHU (Rural Health Unit), our house-to-house investigation medyo nakita nila nga naay areas with unsanitary conditions,” said Buscato.

(Same with the findings of the Rural Health Unit, our house-to-house investigation revealed that there were areas with unsanitary conditions.)

But Dr. Eugenia Mercedes Cañal, cluster head of the Regional Epidemiological and Surveillance Unit (Resu)-Central Visayas, said they have not ignored the possibility that the water source in the town is contaminated.

“Contaminated water is the most common source of typhoid but let’s not discount improper preparation of food and poor sanitation,” said Cañal.

“Atong ipadayun ang pag maintain sa atong sanitation in our surroundings. Practice proper and good hand hygiene,” she added.

The DOH called on the public to make sure that the surroundings are clean and the food and water are not contaminated to prevent any diseases.

“Just like dengue, typhoid fever, if left untreated, will progress rapidly and may even lead to complications or worse, death. This is why we highly recommend those who are showing symptoms to get professional help,” Cañal said. (ANV/LMY)

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