Dirty water downs 90 villagers in Agusan

Some of the victims aconfined at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital in Butuan City as health workers continue monitoring their condition. Photo courtesy of Annirose Mansaginda

Contaminated water struck ill dozens of residents of a lumad community in a remote village in Nasipit town in Agusan del Norte where people relied heavily on spring for water.

Mayor Enrico Corvera said at least 90 residents of Sitio Mimbajande in Barangay Camagong on Tuesday complained of experiencing loose bowel movement, stomach pain and vomiting, the usual symptoms of diarrhea.

Most of the victims were Higaonon lumad, Corvera said.

Some of the victims are still confined at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital in Butuan City, while others have received treatment in a local hospital as municipal health workers continue monitoring their condition.

“We are assisting them in their medicine and hospital needs,” Corvera said.

According to him, the disease may have been caused by water in a spring which may have been contaminated during heavy rains last week. The spring is the main source of water for the village’s 700 residents.

The spread of the disease has been prevented by barangay health workers who distributed medicines and intravenous fluids to the villagers.

Results of tests made on water samples in the area have yet to be released but the diarrhea outbreak was believed caused by water contamination.

Corvera urged residents to boil water first before drinking this.

“To ensure safety, I would advise residents to boil their drinking water,” he said. By CLC

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