Contaminated water behind diarrhea outbreak in Biliran: DOH

Jenette F. Ruedas, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 09 2016 11:55 AM

Photo Courtesy: Biliran Island

TACLOBAN CITY - The Department of Health (DOH) tagged contaminated water as the culprit for the diarrhea outbreak recently declared in Cabucgayan, Biliran.

As of September 8, there have been 198 cases of diarrhea. One death has been reported.

DOH said water samples gathered from various water sources in different barangays were found positive of coliform bacteria, commonly present in human and animal waste.

Among those studied included water samples from various water refilling stations. The Local Government Unit of Cabucgayan has since ordered the closure of two water refilling stations.

Residents have been advised to boil their drinking water for 15 minutes to kill the bacteria.

The Municipal Health Unit of Cabugcayan noted a decrease in cases of diarrhea, where as of Tuesday, only six people have been referred to the Rural Health Unit and only one case brought to the Barangay Health Center.

Regional Director Minerva Molon, also called anew for the activation of the Sanitary Inspectors of LGUs.

“We have to activate them and let them do their job as inspectors so they can regularly monitor the water sources and prevent another diarrhea outbreak.” Molon said.