AT LEAST 230 suspected cases of diarrhea were reported in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon after a number of people complained of abdominal pain and episodes of “watery diarrhea”, the Department of Health (DOH)-Northern Mindanao said.
According to DOH, the affected people were at the 8th National Youth Convention of the Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement that took place at the Center for Ecological Development and Recreation (Cedar) in Impalutao, Impasug-ong. The convention was participated by people from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The victims were rushed to different nearby hospitals in Bukidnon for prompt medical intervention and was advertently monitored and followed up, the DOH said.
The Department of Health Center for Health Development-Northern Mindanao (DOH-CHD-NM) and the local government unit of Impasug-ong installed a mobile clinic in Cedar for onsite management of cases, daily monitoring, consultation, field investigation, and health education.
At present, the DOH-CHD-NM, together with the local government unit and the Provincial Health Office of Bukidnon, are doing further investigation and confirmation of cases.
The DOH also advised the public to observe safe steps in food handling, cooking and storing food to prevent food and water-borne illnesses.
“Ensure that drinking water comes from a clean source. Boil water at least 5 minutes if it is from an unknown source,” the DOH said.