EAST AVENUE, Quezon City (DWDD) – Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III personally checked the condition of Leptospirosis patients currently confined at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI). As of June 28, a total of 47 patients are confined. There were 9 deaths recorded, 8 occurred since June 9 alone. Most of those who were confined and/or sought consultation came from Cavite, Bulacan, Valenzuela, Malabon, and Commonwealth in Quezon City.
NKTI Director Dr. Rose Marie Liquete disclosed that prophylaxis doses are readily available at health centers to persons who have waded in floodwaters. She added that most casualties from Leptospirosis were brought to the hospital in critical or advanced stage of the disease.
Duque advised the public not to wade in floodwaters, or wear rubber boots if wading cannot be avoided. At the first sign of high fever, muscle pain, chills, eye redness, severe headache, vomiting, diarrhea, and yellowish skin discoloration, Duque urged the public to consult the nearest health facilities for proper treatment and care.DOH / MCAG