About 10, 000 doxycycline capsules/tablets, used as a prophylaxis were distributed by the Department of Health-National Capital Region (DOH-NCR) to local government units on Tuesday to serve as a protection for leptospirosis.
According to DOH-NCR director, Dr. Eduardo Janairo the 10,000 doxycycline capsules/tablets have already been prepositioned in Taguig, Navotas, Valenzuela, San Juan, Mandaluyong. Manila, Muntinlupa, and Paranaque. While 15, 000 capsules were prepositioned in Quezon City.
“We are giving additional stocks just in case they will need more due to the continuous rain and flooding that we are experiencing,” Janairo stated.
Janairo said that public schools in Quezon City, San Juan, Pateros were already given doxycycline and other assorted medicines during their dengue and leptospirosis awareness campaign.
Meanwhile, health personnel in evacuation centers are also providing doxycycline capsules to evacuees as protection from leptospirosis.
“We are on continuously monitoring events and immediately responding to health needs of those affected by Habagat, especially those in evacuation centers and emergency rescue personnel,” Janairo said. The Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) reported a total of 133 cases admitted from January 1 to August 10 this year.
The figure is 63 percent lower compared to the same period last year with 357 cases. Ages of cases ranged from 11 months to 82 years. Majority (81%) were male. Most (22%) cases were from Manila City. Ten deaths were recorded.
Doxycycline capsules were given to affected and exposed individuals. Health centers were open and Vitamin A was administered to children in evacuation areas.
The DOH-NCR Health Emergency Management Staff (HEMS) is presently coordinating with all LGUs to conduct leptospirosis awareness in evacuation centers. First aid kits were also given.
Director Janairo declared a Code White on last Monday during the start of the Tropical Depression Habagat. PNA