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Two villages report cases of tetanus
MANILA, Philippines – Aside from food, water and clothing, officials of Iligan City are asking donors for anti-tetanus medicines after noting several cases of the condition in the city’s flood-affected areas.
In a radio interview on dzBB, city public information officer Melvin Anggot on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, cited initial reports that at least two villages have reported tetanus cases.
“In some evacuation centers, there are some survivors who have wounds and may spread tetanus, so we need anti-tetanus medicine. We also learned residents in many areas still need drinking water,” Anggot said in Filipino.
He said that while they have yet to get figures on the number of residents infected by tetanus, two villages – San Roque and Bagong Silang – have reported cases of tetanus.
While Bagong Silang was not devastated, it was one of the areas affected by floodwaters, he added.
Meanwhile, Anggot said that as of early Tuesday, the city had registered 283 deaths from “Sendong.” He added more than 200 are still missing.
He said there was no problem so far with providing coffins for the fatalities. He said the City Mayor’s Office technical division was making the coffins. – Rappler.com
There is also enough supply of formalin, he said. – Rappler.com