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Iloilo eyes lifting of 'calamity' due to water-borne diseases

Philippine News AgencyJanuary 12, 2023

ILOILO CITY – The Iloilo City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (ICESU) on Thursday said no active cases of acute gastroenteritis has been recorded so far in this highly urbanized city, but surveillance and monitoring will continue.

With this development, City Health Officer Dr. Roland Jay Fortuna believes the state of calamity due to the disease could be lifted.

He, however, did not discount the possibility that cases may recur until the root causes – problem with access to potable and safe water and sanitary toilets – are addressed.

“So far, we were able to control. It (state of calamity) can be lifted, but unless we address the root cause, there is a possibility that it will recur” Fortuna said in an interview.

Doctor Marigold Calsas, ICESU head, in a separate interview, said the city recorded 1,347 AGE cases in 2022. There were 16 reported deaths.

The last cases monitored were the seven incidents from the district of Arevalo, but they have already recovered, Calsas added.

It was in September when the city government declared a state of calamity due to water-borne diseases like acute gastroenteritis and cholera. (PNA)

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