COTABATO CITY -- The death toll due to cholera in the town of Alamada, North Cotabato has climbed to 9, according to the Municipal Health Office.
The latest death is that of a 51-year-old female who failed to get treatment in Barangay Upper Dado due to the distance.
Dr. Rosario Bandala, municipal health officer, said cholera can kill a person every four hours, especially if the victim suffers from dehydration caused by excessive diarrhea.
Out of the nine fatalities, four were children aged four to eight.
Meanwhile, health officers have declared a cholera outbreak in the area.
Cholera is caused by the bacteria, vibrio cholerae, found in food and water contaminated by fecal material from both humans and domestic animals.
This was evident during the government's sanitary inspection in the area.
Tubes and pipes from the water reservoir were only covered and sealed with plastic, and domestic animals were tied near the water source.
The municipal health office of Alamada is hoping to contain the spread of cholera to other places in the said town.
The Department of Health also conducted on Sunday an info-education drive at the Upper Dado Elementary School.
The locals were given a background of what cholera is and how it can be acquired, prevented and treated. They were also taught about proper hand washing.
The health office and local government are trying their best to ensure that each household, especially in the far flung areas, will now have clean toilets.
As of this posting, water rationing continues in Alamada, especially in the following areas:
Patient admissions in hospitals have already declined, and about 200 patients have already been discharged.