QUEZON CITY, Aug. 20 (PIA)--The Health department of Quezon City is confident on their readiness to to keep leptospirosis at bay in anticipation of the rainy days.
"Our health department is ready to address illnesses, including leptospirosis,that may peak during rainy season. Aside from our strengthened awareness campaign, our health centers have protocols in place to treat patients who have contacted leptospira," Mayor Joy Belmonte said, following reports that scattered rains may be expected over Metro Manila in the coming days.
According to City Health Officer Dra. Esperanza Arias, the city put up fever surveillance lanes in health centers to closely monitor cases of dengue, leptospirosis, viral illnesses, and other febrile conditions.
"Our health centers will give free doxycycline and amoxicillin to patients. Referral to bigger hospitals is also in place to address those who would need higher level of care," Arias added.
The Quezon City Health Department (QCHD) has recorded 160 cases of leptospirosis with 21 deaths from January 1 to August 17 of this year. This is a 62 percent drop from the 432 cases with 60 deaths recorded during the same period last year.
"This development can be attributed to the heightened advocacy campaign of the city. The regular and close monitoring of all notifiable disease being done by the City Epidemiological and Surveillance Unit (CESU) in partnership with the city's sentinel hospitals, the Department of Health and all local health facilities, have enabled the city to know the status of these diseases and implement measures to address these accordingly," Arias said.
The public is likewise reminded to be vigilant during the rainy season. While rats are the known carrier of leptospira, other animals such as cows, pigs and dogs can also harbor the microbe and spread the disease. (PIA InfoComm/QC PAISD)