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Alamada under state of calamity.

Davao City - The municipality of Alamada in North Cotabato was placed under a state of calamity after the reported diarrhea outbreak killed eight persons while hundreds were rushed to hospitals for treatment.

North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Tali?o-Mendoza also ordered the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) to deliver immediately the necessary medical needs of the victims in the area.

Latest reports from the provincial government said suspected diarrhea outbreak is already affecting 13 sitios in Barangay Dado, Alamada, which include Leon, Dulaw, Tirin-Tirin, New Luzon, Bakong, Beteran, Rabrab, Rumayas, Upper Bali, Banuraw, Bangon, Lower Dado and Paraiso.

The governor also ordered IPHO head Dr. Eva Rabaya to check the drinking water of the victims and their sources to trace the cause of the outbreak.

The latest count of patients revealed that 173 victims were rushed to Alamada District Hospital while 545 more patients were admitted in the nearby towns of Libungan and Midsayap.

The patients were reportedly vomiting, had experienced nausea and severe stomach pain.

Tali?o-Mendoza and board member Airene Claire Pagal, chair of the committee on health of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, were recently in Alamada to personally monitor the medical assistance provided to all the victims.

She also had an urgent conference with Alamada Mayor Virginia Concepcion and the local health officials of the town.

"This is for the Committee on Health of the SP to help in assessing the situation and possibly come up with and policies to improve safeguarding the water systems of the villages," the governor said during the conference.

She also assured residents of the affected villages that the Provincial Government of Cotabato is doing its best to bring back normalcy in the areas by determining the cause of the diarrhea outbreak and the necessary treatment for the victims.

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Publication:Manila Bulletin
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Date:May 15, 2014
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