CEBU CITY, Philippines - The number of diarrhea cases in Catmon in Cebu province increased from 8 to 12 while one fatality was recorded in Juan Dosado Memorial Hospital in Sogod.
Mardonia Cole, 60 years old, was rushed to the hospital last December 26 due to severe stomach ache and diarrhea.
After 3 days, Cole died. She suffered from severe dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
Her niece, Crisanta Colonia, who stayed with her in Barangay Macaas in Catmon, said that Cole complained of stomach ache. She said her aunt could barely stand up because of the pain. Colonia said that Cole was not vomiting but was discharging watery stools more often than normal.
Colonia believes that the cause of her aunt’s diarrhea was water contamination.
The Department of Health in Central Visayas, however, could not yet confirm this because the result of its water sample analysis is expected to come out only by next week.
Last December 30, 8 patients with diarrhea came from Barangay Macaas. On Friday, only one of the patients was released from the hospital. Four other cases of diarrhea, however, were recorded coming from the neighboring village of Barangay Bagalnga.
Brothers Charlie, 8 years old, and Ryan, 6 years old, were rushed to the hospital Friday morning.
Their mother, Adeline Molina, said that her kids started to feel symptoms of diarrhea last Tuesday. She said she did not immediately bring her sick children to the hospital because she did not have money at that time.
Molina admitted that she tried to have her kids treated through herbal medicines from village quack doctors, but the condition of the children became worse.
Dr. Joel Yu said that the children had the same symptoms of those admitted earlier in the hospital.
He said he still believes that the cause of diarrhea is water contamination.