THE Iloilo City government has consolidated efforts to mitigate the crisis caused by food and water borne diseases (FWBDs) in all seven districts.
The City Health Office (CHO) recorded a total of 717 cases as of Monday, September 26, with 1 to 16 years old as the most affected.
Mayor Jerry Treñas stressed necessary measures have been undertaken such as the closure of establishments, including several water refilling stations and ice plants that did not pass the water potability tests; administering chlorine disinfection to 69 public schools; and continuing inspection of sanitary permits; and wells condemned in the affected villages.
CHO Officer in Charge Dr. Annabelle Tang said there are some 1,000 cholera vaccines from Metro Pacific Iloilo Water, Metro Iloilo Water District and Metro Pacific Water, which will be good for 500 people as each will be receiving two doses, with a two-week interval, through oral intake.
Those who will be prioritized in the oral vaccination are toddlers as they are the majority of the affected.
“During the rainy season, we have to do something about it. We will schedule a meeting with Metro Pacific and we are asking them to accelerate the development in terms of water distribution here in the city,” Treñas said.
CHO will be conducting bacterial tests on other wells in the villages that reported a sudden spike in FWBD cases.
Tang praised the efforts of the City Compliance Team in checking for health permits complied with by ambulant vendors as mandated by Regulation Ordinance 2012-42 regulating their operations and providing penalties for violation.
Under Executive Order 54 “Requiring All Water Refilling Stations in Iloilo City to Submit to Mandatory Water Potability Testing and Providing for Other Protective Measures,” those closed may be able to open again after six months as long as they take the potability tests and secure health cards for their workers as needed requirements to return to operation.
The mayor asked for everyone’s cooperation in adhering to precautionary measures being implemented to prevent a new wave of cases and to ensure public health and safety.