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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Philippines : DoH team flies to Palawan village to check on increasing diarrhea cases

Article from Inquirer, excerpt :

" A Provincial Health Office Medical team flew this Tuesday to a remote area in Palawan to confirm the number of diarrhea cases and treat them, an official from the Department of Health told Radyo Inquirer.

Dr. Romeo Ocampo , chief of Planning, Monitoring and Surveillance, said that medical team was on its way via helicopter to Rizal.

“Our medical team is now on its way to Rizal via helicopter. The only easy way to get there is through a helicopter because if we travel by land, it will take us five-hours to get to the municipality, another two hours to the villages and a five-hour walk to get inside the mountainous part.” Ocampo said speaking in Filipino.

“The number of fatalities in the Municipality of Batarasa is still going up but there were no additional deaths as of today,” Ocampo said.

Water samples from Batarasa River were confirmed to be positive for fecal contamination, Ocampo said.

The chances of contamination in these areas are very high because the residents do all their daily activities in the rivers, including bathing and getting water for food and drink, said Ocampo."

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