Only 8 not 13 die due to tainted water

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Friday, May 16, 2014


ALAMADA, North Cotabato -- Alamada Vice Mayor Samuel Alim apologized for giving the wrong number of fatalities from suspected diarrhea outbreak that hit this town last Saturday, clarifying that only eight and not 13 died from the outbreak.

The miscount was caused by names being listed twice in the barangays where the incident happened.

The fatalities were identified as Analiza Landasan, 45, Kusaine Katahum, 50, Ian Dave Tandoy, 8, Betanie Kirat, 5, Marlyn Pangitaen, 5, Pamonte Mohamad, 4, Kindang Demanda, 24, and Ramla Mangirgas, 30.

The list released by the Alamada Municipal Health Office said that 602 were brought to various hospitals in this town.

According to North Cotabato Governor Emmylou "Lala" Talino Mendoza, they are waiting for the lab results of the water samples the victims ingested, from the Department of Health (DOH).

Cotabato Integrated Provincial Health Office Chief, Dr. Eva Rabaya the water was negative for cholera but positive for amoeba, which caused the water poisoning in the area.

Meanwhile, Mendoza of IPHO Cotabato is monitoring the situation of the victims of the diarrhea outbreak in Alamada. (Edgar Fuerzas)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 16, 2014.

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