TYPHOID fever symptoms and confirmed typhoid cases hit residents in three Borbon barangays but Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III assured Cebuanos that the Provincial Health Office has responded and initiated preventive measures.

“Our PHO (Provincial Health Office) are on top of it, they went to the place to check the condition of their water supply there,” Davide said.

The governor said that in his next department heads’ meeting on Monday, he will ask the PHO about the status and how they could help local residents in the town.

So far, there are no serious cases reported yet and medicines are being administered, he said.

Borbon Municipal Health Officer Dr. Corazon Dotillos said out of the 19, three barangays complained of typhoid-like symptoms. These are Barangays Clavera with 23 reported typhoid-like symptoms; Cajel with 23 typhoid-like symptoms; and Lugo, with 27 typhoid-like symptoms.

Seven of these patients were admitted in the hospital and tested positive of typhoid, said Dotillos. The remaining four are still being tested and verified.

Dotillos said most of those with suspected typhoid cases were treated with chloramphenicol.

Measures

Aside from the PHO, the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (Resu) of the Department of Health (DOH) also examined water samples and distributed “life straw,” a portable water purifying straw.

Nonita Lobetaña, Lugo Health Center midwife, said barangay officials met and passed resolutions on keeping residents and animals away from water sources.

Barangay officials also urged residents to build their own comfort rooms.

Vivencio Cahayag, whose daughter Vivian has been complaining of stomach ache and fever two weeks now, blamed the town’s source of water as the cause of their ailment.

He said their water source was regularly chlorinated last year, and may have been neglected this year.

Children and adults filled Clavera’s barangay health center yesterday.

Cases

Last January, there were three typhoid-like cases reported in her office, said Dotillos. There was no reported case last summer.

But at the onset of rain in the first two weeks of June, typhoid-like cases increased until it reached the present level.

In March this year, a mountain barangay in Tuburan tested positive of typhoid fever. It was not the first time to hit the town as similar cases were reported in 2012.

Also in 2012, in Alegria town, 16 persons were reported to be suffering from symptoms associated with typhoid. The same town was hit by typhoid in 2007, 2010 and 2011. All incidents were blamed on contaminated water.

In 2010, there were an estimated 13.5 million typhoid fever episodes worldwide, reported the Journal of Global Health. OCP/With reports from Jinky Bargio