ALAMADA: Health workers here intensified the education and information dissemination campaign in far-flung communities to prevent a repeat of cholera outbreak that killed nine and downed more than 600 villagers.Municipal health chief Dr. Rosario Bandala said health workers, nurses and midwives were sent to villages and sub-villages to teach people on how cholera bacteria is acquired, treated and prevented.
Bandala said that another villager from Barangay Upper Dado died due to cholera. She said all the nine fatalities did not reach the community hospital.
Bandala said villagers were urged to refrain from drinking water from their traditional source. They were advised to boil the water for 10-15 minutes before drinking it to ensure the bacteria is eliminated.
Experts from the Department of Health (DOH) and local sanitary inspectors visited the source of drinking water in Upper Dado and found discovered that the plastic pipes from the water reservoir were not properly installed.
Sanitary inspectors also found a leaking pipe, which was sealed using using plastic.
Bandala said it was very vulnerable to bacteria swimming into the water tubes and eventually into drinking waters and humans.
Officials also noted that work animals like carabao, goat and cows were tied close to the busted water pipes.
Vibrio cholerae, a bacteria that causes cholera, thrives in water contaminated with human and animal discharges.
North Cotabato health chief Dr. Eva Rabaya said the education drive is focused on prevention by explaining to every villager, especially parents, how the bacteria can be avoided even if they are not visible to naked eye.
She said the DOH handwashing techniques are extensively taught among villagers who live in communities accessible only by foot or motorcycles and horses.
While health officials claimed that the cholera outbreak had been contained, they don’t want to take chances and intensified the information drive.
Rabaya said that all municipal health chiefs and workers in North Cotabato were ordered to intensify information drive on how to prevent the disease and save lives.