Tayag warns evacuees vs diarrhea, leptospirosis

By Niña Corpuz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 07 2012 04:52 PM | Updated as of Dec 08 2012 03:02 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Health (DOH) spokesperson Eric Tayag warned victims of Typhoon Pablo against drinking contaminated water and contracting illnesses.

Tayag said one of the biggest problems of evacuees and victims of typhoon is access to clean water.

“Ngayon i-consider all water sources as contaminated,” he said.

He advised evacuees to make sure they boil water for up to 2 minutes before drinking.

He also stressed the importance of breastfeeding.

“Para hindi magkaproblema, wala na ngang tubig, magtitimpla pa kayo [ng gatas],” he said.

Among the illnesses that typhoon victims should watch out for are tetanus, diarrhea, and leptospirosis.

Tayag also clarified that dead bodies are not sources of diseases.

“May mga nagsasabi na maaaring kumalat ang sakit dahil nasa kalsada ang bangkay. Hindi po panganib ‘yun sa kalusugan. ‘Pag namatay ‘yung tao ay kasamang namamatay ang mikrobyo,” he said.

Tayag added that it's very important to bury the dead properly to give proper closure.

“Iwasan ang mass burial dapat may dignidad ang mga namatay,” said Tayag.