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Alert up for flood-related diseases in affected areas

President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, inspects the prices of commodities at the Palo Public Market during his visit to provinces in Eastern Visayas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda on Monday (November 18). President Aquino assures the public on speeding up the recovery and reconstruction efforts to restore normalcy in regions hit by the strongest typhoon ever recorded in Philippine history. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, inspects the prices of commodities at the Palo Public Market during his visit to provinces in Eastern Visayas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda on Monday (November 18). President Aquino assures the public on speeding up the recovery and reconstruction efforts to restore normalcy in regions hit by the strongest typhoon ever recorded in Philippine history. (MNS photo)

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte (Mabuhay) – Nearly two weeks after super typhoon “Yolanda” ravaged Visayas and Southern Luzon, the Department of Health is keeping tab on flood-related diseases here.

DOH assistant regional director for Eastern Visayas Dr. Paula Sydiongco told an inter-agency meeting Thursday here they are particularly looking out for leptospirosis and tetanus.

In her report, Sydiongco assured they have stocked enough medicines to address these diseases.

She urged people exposed to floodwaters to go to the DOH clinic, where there is propylaxis.

Also, Sydiongco said at least two more had died from tetanus, an infection caused by exposure to potentially deadly bacteria.

But she also said they are wary of other diseases like diarrhea among residents in affected areas. (MNS)

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