DOH gearing for 2nd wave of leptospirosis cases in Olongapo-A A +A
Monday, October 14, 2013
THE Department of Health (DOH) is looking to avoid a repeat of the missteps that contributed to the outbreak of leptospirosis in Olongapo City now that Typhoon Santi brought flooding in the area anew.
DOH spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag said they are already distributing a new batch of prophylaxis antibiotics in order to help residents avoid being afflicted with leptospirosis.
"Because it rained again, we have this three to seven days window na magbigay ng directly-observed na prophylactic antibiotic doon sa flooded areas," said Tayag.
He added that they are already making sure that such mistakes of health workers not seeing patients take their antibiotics will not be repeated.
"We learned our lesson and we are going to correct it. We should not be contented in just distributing the prophylaxis but explain to them why they should take it," said Tayag.
Over the weekend, Typhoo Santi caused another massive flooding in Central Luzon provinces, including Olongapo City also.
The September 23 flooding in Olongapo has earlier netted 580 cases, based on the latest tally of the DOH.
Tayag had said that the failure of residents to take prophylactic antibiotics despite their availability contributed to the emergence of the outbreak.
"The accountability is shared by the local government, ours, and also to the public since we already issued an advisory to take prophylaxis to avoid leptospirosis," said Tayag.
Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by the Leptospira bacteria found in rats’ urine, normally present in flood waters. (HDT/Sunnex)