Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman lauds the prompt action of the City Health Office (CHO) in order to keep leptospirosis at bay after the recent onslaught of southwest monsoon in the city.
According to City Health Officer Dr. Alberto Herrera, the city has recorded zero leptospirosis case.
“We consider this a success since riverside communities in seven of the 16 barangays of the city were submerged by flood water when Marikina was hit by Habagat yet we managed to keep our city leptospirosis-free. We attribute this to the prompt action of the CHO that immediately distributed Doxycycline prophylaxis in the evacuation centers as well as informational flyers about the said disease,” De Guzman said.
CHO distributed Doxycycline prophilaxis to 2,436 individuals from the period August 21 until the 30th.
Leptospirosis is a disease that affects the kidney and causes death when not immediately treated.