Leptospirosis epidemic under control - DOH
MANILA - The leptospirosis epidemic in Olongapo is now under control, according to Health Secretary Enrique Ona who also assured patients of medical assistance from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.
"Mukhang kontrolado na iyong ating sudden surge ng leptospirosis sa Olongapo. Just to also assure iyong ating mga kababayan na may mga sakit doon sa Olongapo, meron na ho tayong order from PhilHealth na iyong lahat nung mga pasyente na nagkasakit at na-admit sa ospital are going to be covered by PhilHealth. Kaya po siguro, just to reassure them, pati ho iyong gastos ng kanilang dialysis," Ona said.
He said the total number of leptospirosis cases recorded in Olongapo as of yesterday has reached 631, with 249 of the patients admitted to the hospital. Of the total, 57 needed dialysis.
As of today, 178 are still in the hospital with 40 due for discharge.
Four patients were admitted Sunday and another one at noontime Monday.
"'Yung peak ay naabot na and we don't expect any increase anymore except nga itong tingnan natin kung itong dumaang bagyo naman e mukha namang mabilis iyong pagkabaha na naalis kaagad,” Ona said.
The number of those who died is at 11.
"That is iyong tinatawag nating case fatality rate of 1.7 percent, which is more or less lower than [the] severe cases of leptospirosis," Ona said.
Ona advised the public to dispose of garbage properly to avoid another outbreak of leptospirosis.
"Lagi nating sinasabi na very important iyong talagang sources ng so-called garbage natin. And dahil nga ang vector or iyong nagdadala ng leptospirosis is iyong mga daga. The rats are the ones that get infected, sila ang carrier. Tapos syempre nagi-ihi-ihi kung maski saan-saan itong mga daga and then 'pag meron tayong bagyo and then flood nadadala iyon," Ona said.