Davao City Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte led the coordination meeting on the Diarrhea Outbreak in Toril on Thursday afternoon, July 28, at the City Mayor’s Conference Room.
The outbreak that hit Toril District has killed five people and hospitalized more than 100 victims.
During the meeting, the DOH-Epidemiology Bureau and the City Health Office (CHO) presented to Mayor Baste the comprehensive report regarding the Diarrhea Outbreak.
Also present during the meeting were Vice Mayor Jay Quitain Jr, Acting City Administrator Atty. Francis Layog, CHO Head Dr. Ashley Lopez, representatives from the DOH Epidemiology Bureau and representatives from the Davao City Water District.
Cases climb to 233
Three persons have so far died from the diarrhea outbreak in Toril district here, the City Health Office (CHO) said Friday.
In a radio interview, CHO head, Dr. Ashley Lopez, said a 32-year-old male teacher and a 67-year-old woman succumbed to the disease after a 10-year-old boy died on July 19. READ MORE
Cassava cake made from tapioca (balanghoy) sold in Toril district is being eyed as a potential culprit behind the diarrhea outbreak that downed more than a hundred people in several barangays south of the city proper.
A number of the victims said that they have eaten tapioca before experiencing diarrhea, said Acting City Health Officer Dr. Ashley Lopez, in an interview on the Davao City Disaster Radio on Tuesday two days after the outbreak was reported on February 16.
CHO confirmed Wednesday the death of a 10-year-old boy due to severe dehydration in the diarrhea outbreak that affected 147 people since July 16.
Lopez said that the CHO investigation on the cause of the outbreak showed that food ingested by the patients before they fell ill included potemtially spoiled cassava cake, kwek-wek (fried flour-wrapped egg) and other street foods sold in Toril food stalls.
Hit by the outbreak were the villages of Bato, Toril Proper, Crossing Bayabas, Lubogan, Mulig, Daliaon Plantation, Tungkalan, Daliao North, Daliao South, Lizada fish port, Lizada Kurbada, and Binugao.
A source inside CHO who begged anonymity for lack of authority to speak on the matter said that an investigaitoin is now being conducted on a large Toril-based cassava cake factory whose product is massively distributed throughout Toril district.
The source did not name the manufacturer of the hot-selling delicacy sold in restaurants, carenderias and small food stalls and could not say if the cassava cakes came from the factory.
CHO also said it is less likely that Davao City Water District’s (DCWD) water could have caused the diarrhea outbreak. The water utility firm said tests immediately conducted following report of the outbreak showed no contamination in its water system in the affected barangays.
E.coli bacteria, other organisms found in Barangay Tulalian water system, 2 other water sources
Several water sources in Barangay Tulalian are contaminated with the E. coli bacteria that causes diarrhea and could lead to death. Health authorities said they found E. coli bacteria in the barangay water system which is run by a Tulalian Water Association (TUWASA), a private water service provider in the said barangay.
E.coli or coliform is bacteria associated with human or animal wastes.
Apart from TUWASA, the water source from a water pump in Purok 1 Barangay Tulalian and Aqua Grace’s’ water stock, were also found to be contaminated with the E.coli bacteria, a strain that causes diarrhea/bloody diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pains and cramps.
Tthe MHO had examined the various water sources and stock in Barangay Tulalian last week. They took samples and submitted these samples to PHO’s Water Bacteriology laboratory for comprehensive analysis.
Tests made by the PHO showed the presence of E. coli, or coliform, in three of nine water system/stocks in the said barangay. Of the nine water source and stocks examined, only three (3) had failed in the bacteriology examination performed by the PHO-Davao del Norte while six (6) water refilling stations passed the said examination. These were Aquabless, Aqua Rhabmargam Crystal Sofia, Aquagel, AquaJam, and Sofia Malima water refilling stations.
SANTO TOMAS, Davao del Norte —Patients who fell ill with diarrhea and were admitted in private and public hospitals received a financial assistance from the municipal government through Mayor Ernesto Evangelista’s Dangpanan Ni Tomas.
Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapiña said the Evangelista administration was using all available resources and manpower to help the affected residents of Barangay Tulalian.
“Walang iwanan for Barangay Tulalian. Gibubo nato ang atong resources sa Barangay Tulalian para makatabang ang Santo Tomas LGU sa maong barangay luyo sa hulga sa COVID-19 ug ang atoang ginasagubang karon na diarrhea outbreak,” Lapiña said.
The Santo Tomas LGU, Lapiña added, had been at the barangay Tulalian’s ground zero since at the start of the outbreak last July 15 to provide immediate health and sanitation services to the affected residents.
According to Lapiña, the municipal government of Santo Tomas has been funneling more aid to Barangay Tulalian to help the community back on its feet.
“Sa level sa Santo Tomas LGU, naningkamot na mahatagan nato og paspas na tabang ang Barangay Tulalian. Dili nato kini biyaan kay dako kini ang nahimong impact sa community kay kini na isyu health and public welfare mani sa katawhan ang nabutang sa peligro. Padayon atong paghatag og tabang sa mga residenteng apektado sa maong outbreak,” Lapiña said.
Lapiña also said that her office is coordinating with Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib, and Congressman Alan Dujali for the availment of “zero billing” policy for hospitalized diarrhea patients.
“Dako atong pasalamat kay pinaagi sa Dangpanan Ni Tomas makakuha pa kita og assistance gikan kang Governor Jubahib, og Congressman Dujali para maka avail sa zero billing human mahatagan og assessment,” she said
Carlo Jack Pino, executive assistant II, and focal of DNT program said the Santo Tomas LGU under the Evangelista administration was was taking all the necessary steps to provide financial assistance to cash-strapped patients admitted in various hospitals.
“Nagmando si Mayor Tatay Erning Evangelista na hatagan og cash assistance ang mga diarrhea patients na admitted sa mga hospitals.
Gilantaw gayud ni Mayor Erning ang kahimtang sa mga patients labi na katong mga bata, ug mga seniors na naa gihapon sa balay tambalanan,” Pino said.
Cash aid to hospitalized patients
Pino said they began distributing cash relief assistance on Tuesday, July 20, to several patients who were confined in hospitals as part of the Evangelista administration’s response to the diarrhea outbreak.
As of Tuesday, 88 patients received cash aid from Evangelista’s Dangpanan Ni Tomas, while some patients opted to receive milk, diapers and other goods intended for young children, according to Pino.
Pino added that the distribution of cash assistance to diarrhea patients who were confined in hospitals was a “work in progress.”
“Rest assured, ang Santo Tomas LGU ubos sa administrasyong Evangelista maningkamot na muhatag og sakto na serbisyo ug hinabang sa mga Tomasino labi na diha sa Barangay Tulalian. Kami maningkamot na mahatagan ang tanan og cash assistance para lang naa sila magamit sa hospital labi na ang pagpalit sa mga tambal,” Pino said.
‘Walang iwanan for Tulalian’