THE assistant Davao City Health Officer (CHO) warned the public on different diseases they may get from flood waters.
In the I-Speak weekly media forum held on Thursday, May 4, at the City Hall Conference Room, Assistant CHO head Dr. Marjorie Culas said that the public should avoid flood waters as they may get leptospirosis, tetanus and other infections from it.
"Ang tubig sa baha daghan dala nga sakit, infecton nga mudala sa lawas. Ang leptospirosis makuha sa infected rodents, ihi sa ilaga nga masagol sa tubig. This will cause very fatal infection sa lawas sa tao (The flood water can bring many diseases that may infect human body, these include Leptospirosis, which may come from urine of infected rodents and may cause very fatal infection)," she said.
Culas added that they have also monitored cases of tetanus, adding that those who have open wounds may also be vulnerable to these infections.
She also warned that aside from leptospirosis and tetanus, one may also get fungal infection and boils from flood waters.
Culas also warned the public to be aware of hazards brought by lightning, and avoid being electrocuted by grounded waters due to fallen electric posts.
She assured that personnel from their office also immediately assist people who had been exposed to flood waters.
"Ang atoang personahe [sa] city health office sa nagkalain-laing barangay [kay naay] ginahatag nga prophylaxis, nagahatag kita’g anti-biotic, para naay kagaw nga musulod sa lawas dili nato siya mupadayon sa iyang impeksyon ug kadaot sa lawas (To those who are in the flooded areas and have been exposed in the flood, personnel from the City Health Office in different barangays will give prophylaxis and distribute antibiotics so that infection will not spread in the body)," she said.
Culas, likewise, said that the CHO and its district offices have enough stock of medicine.
"The public affected by the flood must also go to the nearest health center for consultation while there are still no symptoms of the disease like fever and body pains, and they should report what they feel so that they will also be given the medicines that they need)," Culas said in the vernacular.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on May 05, 2017.
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