27 fatalities recorded in Zambo evac centers-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
THE Zamboanga City Health Office has strengthened its monitoring after it had recorded a total of 27 fatalities in evacuation centers as of Saturday, November 2.
City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos said that 12 of the 27 fatalities are senior citizens who died of cardiovascular diseases, pneumonia and hypertension.
The other 15 were minors whose deaths are traced to various cases including severe dehydration due to diarrhea; asthma attacks; and other infectious diseases.
It has also been found out that water containers of some of the evacuees are positive of chloroform bacteria, bacterial indicator of poor sanitary quality of food and water.
Agbulos said they will segregate the sick, frail and elderlies to properly monitor and follow-up the evacuees’ health condition.
To help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, Agbulos said they will also double their efforts to maintain cleanliness and sanitation in the different evacuation centers particularly at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex which houses the largest number of evacuees.
The health officer also asked the people to observe environmental and physical cleanliness and sanitation to prevent contamination in food which may lead to diarrhea.
“This is more on handling of water, proper hand washing and personal hygiene,” Agbulos added. (Bong Garcia)