October 7, 2022

The country has logged 2,650 cholera cases from Jan. 1 to Aug. 6, which is 230 percent higher than the figure in the same period in 2021, the Department of Health said.

“Pero kapag ti-ningnan natin itong recent three to four weeks, 18 percent lower na siya noong nakaraang taon na ganitong time,” DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a media forum.

There are 141 reported cases of cholera for these past three to four weeks, she added.

For typhoid fever, there were 7,681 cases recorded from Jan. 1 to Aug. 6, which is 109 percent higher compared to those reported in the same period last year.

Vergeire said the number of typhoid fever cases in the recent three to four weeks is 12 percent lower than the same period last year.

“So, kapag ti-ningnan natin ang mga kaso na ito du-ring the start of the rainy season, nagpi-peak sila, tapos eventually, pababa na rin sila nang pababa,” Vergeire said.

Apart from the rainy season, Vergeire said another factor contributing to the increase in cases is the disruption of water services.

“So, they look for option na para makakuha sila ng tubig and sometimes madumi ‘yung tubig kaya nagkakaroon ng mga ganitong insidente,” she added. – PNA