Bicol DOH releases health report midway through 2016 Palaro

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Bicol DOH releases health report midway through 2016 Palaro
A total of 538 consultations were seen at billeting areas, 147 in playing venues, and 88 patients were managed at the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – The Department of Health Bicol Region reported consultations as of Thursday, April 14, that were done from the billeting areas and playing venues, as well as reports from Albay’s provincial hospital during the ongoing 2016 Palarong Pambansa here.

According to a health report released to the media Thursday afternoon, there were a total of 538 consultations at the 26 billeting areas occupied by the delegates and technical officials of the annual national youth games.

Sixty or 11% of the patients were transported to the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital or BRTTH. 

The top 10 causes of consultations were: wounds, injuries, or sprain (112), acute respiratory infection or ARI (85), blood pressure monitoring (76), musculoskeletal pain (36), toothache (35), abdominal pain (34), headache (32), fever (27), loose bowel movement (24), and high blood pressure (12). 

Meanwhile, 147 sessions were done at the playing venues with 35 (24%) of the athletes admitted to BRTTH. There were 17 patients taken to the hospital during the opening ceremony on Sunday, April 10.

The remaining 112 (76%) patients were managed on-site by the different medical teams, according to the report.

The causes of consultation in the playing venues were soft tissue injury, leg cramps, abrasions or lacerations, body weakness, and abdominal pain.

Meanwhile, for the reports from the BRTTH, the core referral facility of Palaro, 88 patients were managed at the hospital. Of them, 12 (14%) were admitted.

Food intolerance, upper respiratory tract infection or URTI, appendicitis, and blunt abdominal trauma were the top causes of admissions. – Joshua Caleb Pacleta/

Joshua Caleb Pacleta, 20, is a Journalism graduate of the Bicol University College of Arts and Letters. He is a Rappler intern for the 2016 Palarong Pambansa.

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