COTABATO CITY – Health workers have been attending to 42 patients in an island village in Maguindanao hit by a diarrhea outbreak, a regional health official said Wednesday.
Dr. Safrullah Dipatuan, health minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), said two children have died as diarrhea hit Bongo village in Parang, Maguindanao in the past several days.
“Our health teams are now there and we can say the disease has been contained,” Dipatuan said, adding that the incident was triggered by contaminated water sources.
“A medical team has been sent there to treat the sick, investigate, and gathered stools samples that confirmed high E. coli bacteria in water sources,” he told reporters here.
Dipatuan said most of the victims were children.
He said the contaminated water was traced to two water sources of the residents, mostly fishermen.
Dipatuan said one of the sources was an open well while the other was a closed well but both have been contaminated.
He said one of the causes of diarrhea was the high concentration of E. coli in drinking water sources.
Many residents lack comfort rooms and dispose of human wastes elsewhere.
“Dry spell has ushered in and during this time, residents rely mainly on open wells as sources of drinking water,” he said, adding that health workers from the Parang local government would remain in the island village to monitor the situation of those affected by diarrhea. (PNA)