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DOH-Ilocos region warns residents of W.I.L.D. diseases

August 5, 2023 Jane Eleda 324 views

THE Department of Health (DOH) – Ilocos Region warned residents against W.I.L.D. diseases (Water-borne diseases, Influenza, Leptospirosis, and Dengue) amid massive flooding that affects the low-lying municipalities in various provinces of the region.

W.I.L.D. diseases are caused by bacterial, viral, and parasitic organisms that may thrive in flood waters.

The regional health office issued the warning as torrential rains brought about by the low-pressure area (LPA) and northeast monsoon caused flooding in many low-lying towns in Ilocos region.

Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco strongly cautioned the public not to wade in floodwaters as it can be contaminated with the leptospira bacteria.

“Hindi lang ito nakukuha sa daga kundi maging sa ihi ng mga infected na hayop gaya ng baka, baboy at aso na maaaring nasa tubig-baha. Kaya mabuting mag-ingat po tayo at umiwas na maglakad at maglaro sa mga kalsada na lubog sa tubig,” she said.

“Kung kayo ay may lagnat, pananakit ng kalamnan ng guya (calf), may panginginig, pananakit ng ulo at katawan, pagtatae, pamamantal, paninilaw ng balat at pamumula ng mata ay agad ng pumunta sa pinakamalapit na ospital at magpasuri sa doktor upang maagapan agad at mabigyan ng karampatang lunas upang hindi na lumala pa,” Sydiongco added.

She said that the rainy season also poses an increased risk in the transmission of vector-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria and influenza ,which are common during this period.

The regional office advised residents to wear protective gears such as boots, raincoats and umbrella when going out in the rain. Wash feet immediately with clean water and soap after in contact with flood water.

From January 1 to July 22 of this year, the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) recoded a total of 45 leptospirosis cases in the region, with nine deaths. Dengue cases has a total of 1,957, with 12 deaths.

“All public health facilities are on code white status to respond to emergencies and provide immediate assistance and guidance in health emergency response situations,” the regional health official said.

Sydiongco assured that anti-W.I.L.D. diseases equipment and other medical supplies such as insecticides, larvicides, insecticide-treated screens, dengue NS1 (nonstructural protein 1) rapid diagnostic tests, antigen and antibody tests, oral rehydration salt, paracetamol, and prophylactic antibiotics are already prepositioned in all provincial DOH offices and provincial government health offices and ready to be distributed to local government units should the need arise.

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