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The epidemiologic pattern of immediate and intermediate health effects of flash floods.

Author

Gina S. Itchon,
Dexter  S. Lo,
Agaton T. Panopio Jr.,
Ruth  S. Beltran,
Maria Luisa  B. Tan,
Myra Maria  V. Peralta,
Sarah Belen D. Jacalan,
Jeramell Y. Gustilo

Related Institution

Dr J P Rizal School of Medciine - Xavier University

Publication Information

Publication Type
Journal
Publication Sub Type
Journal Article, Original
Title
Northern Mindanao Medical Journal
Frequency
Annual
Publication Date
January-December 2015
Volume
1
Issue
1
Page(s)
7-11

Abstract

Tropica Storm Washi which entered the Philippines in 2011 triggered floods resulting in 1,171 people dead and 4,594 injured.  Flooding poses multiple risks to human health; yet there has been little research done on health outcomes. This study determined the pattern and magnitude of health data from a tertiary government hospital during and immediately after the flood triggered by Tropical Storm Washi. The study involved a review of emergency room record of the patients' data from December 16, 2011 to January 13, 2012. Results show that most consultations involved children age 0-12 years, and more males than females. The top 4 complaints were fever, diarrhoea, vomiting and physical injuries. Physical injuries occurred mostly 2- 3 days after,  while fever, diarrhoea and vomiting peaked 10-14 days after. Thus medical care should involve surgical as well as medical care to ensure that no additional mortality and morbidity will occur among the survivors.

Objectives

This study determined the pattern and magnitude of health data from a tertiary government hospital during and immediately after the flood triggered by Tropical Storm Washi.


 
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