Jinggoy Estrada Calls for Senate Investigation into Cholera Outbreak in Multiple Areas of PH – Manila Bulletin

Senator Jinggoy Estrada is now calling for a Senate investigation into the worrying cholera outbreak in several parts of the country.

Senator Jinggoy Estrada (Senate PRIB)

The Department of Health (DOH) has reported a total of 3,729 cases since January of this year, a 282% increase over the number of cases during the same period last year.

At least 33 people have already died from the disease since January of this year, and children between the ages of five and nine have been hit hardest by cholera, according to the DOH.

“More than determining the why and how, the situation strongly calls for a review of existing policies to prevent and mitigate the onset of the disease,” Estrada said in the explanatory note to his Senate Resolution No. 266.

Estrada noted the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC) that cholera has been described as a disease of inequality, disproportionately affecting the poorest and most vulnerable sectors.

But the GTFCC itself has said that deaths from the disease are preventable with today’s arsenal of tools because it can be controlled with a multi-sectoral approach through the provision of basic water services. , sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and oral cholera vaccines.

“There is a need to protect the population, especially children and the disadvantaged, from this debilitating but preventable disease through a coordinated approach between government agencies,” he said.

“Existing sanitation and immunization policies and programs should be reviewed to strengthen emergency response mechanisms and preventive measures against disease transmission and to promote public health,” the legislator said. .

DOH data shows an upsurge in cholera cases in the country, with most cases reported in Eastern Visayas, Davao region and CARAGA region.

There are 976 cases recorded from January to October last year, 2021, up to 3,729 during the same period of this year, 2022.

Central Luzon, Western Visayas and Eastern Visayas have also exceeded cholera epidemic thresholds in the past 10 months, he noted.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified cholera as an extremely virulent disease caused by ingesting food or water contaminated with the bacterium vibrio cholerae and which can cause severe acute watery diarrhea affecting both children and adults.

The WHO has warned that cholera can kill within hours if left untreated.

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