Local health officials collected samples from different water sources in Virac for analysis last week after the number of acute water diarrhea cases more than doubled in the second week of January 2017.
In its latest update, the Provincial Health Office reported to Governor Joseph Cua and municipal mayors that of the 83 cases of diarrhea recorded by different hospitals and rural health units, 46 were classified as cases of acute water diarrhea. They were either brought in for consultation or admission in the health facilities, with one case coming from Caramoan, Camarines Sur.
Compared to the first morbidity week (Jan. 1-7), the number of cases in San Andres town dropped from 23 to just 12, with five of them coming from Alibuag.
In contrast, Virac’s cases increased sharply from eight to 20 last week, with Buyo recording 11 acute watery diarrhea cases. Two came from Hawn Ilaya while there were one each from Sto. Niño, San Isidro Village, Casoocan, Dugui San Vicente, Bigaa, Palnab del Norte and Balite.
The rest of the cases province-wide were from San Miguel (6), Caramoran (4), Pandan (2), and one each in Bato and Baras. Forty-five percent of the new cases belonged to the 5-19 age group, the report stated.
Aside from intensified IEC in affected barangays, health authorities also heightened disease surveillance and reporting, Oresol and Aquatabs distribution, and conducted medical check-ups at Buyo and Sto. Domingo in Virac as well as in San Andres.
In the capital town, a repeat water analysis and inspection was done at Water Mark water refilling station in San Isidro Village after an earlier test proved positive for contamination.
To provide potable water for residents, the Philippine Red Cross installed a water bladder at Tubaon barangay plaza, with its water tanker continuing to deliver water to residents in barangays.