The Department of Health-National Capital Region (DOH-NCR) fast tracks its report on cases of leptospirosis. DOH-NCR Regional Director Eduardo C Janairo has directed public and private hospitals in Metro Manila to immediately submit to them reports on registered cases of the disease.
Earlier, Health Secretary Enrique T Ona directed DOH-NCR to closely monitor cases of the disease since its number of cases peaked 5 days after the occurrence of continuous heavy rains and flash flooding.
"We must prevent the occurrence of an outbreak of this deadly disease that is why reporting of suspected cases is a must. Health and safety of everyone in the region should be paramount and every health worker is enjoined to do their part in reporting cases," Ona said.
Janairo disclosed that most hospitals have already begun submitting reports as they immediately organized and directed surveillance officers of the different hospitals to make a real-time report and directly submit it to the regional office in preparation for necessary logistics and manpower in case an epidemic occurs in Metro Manila.
"With immediate information at hand, we can instantly send logistic and manpower support to further avert any health contingencies that may occur within the region," Janairo added.
Based on DOH-NCR's Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU), a total of 145 leptospirosis cases were reported from 1 Jan to 17 Aug 2013. The figure is 78 percent lower compared to the same period last year , with 655 cases. Ages of cases ranged from 1 to 82 years old, wherein males were mostly affected with 81 percent, and most of the cases were from the City of
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