Both Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and Governor Roel Degamo strongly appeal for the general public to maintain sobriety amid the report of a patient that is a suspected meningococcemina case initially admitted at Holy Child Hospital later transferred to the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital.
City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sarah B. Talla stressed that it is still a suspected meningococcemia case but has to be confirmed by hospital authority yet.
Governor Degamo through Provincial Public Information Officer Bimbo Miraflor said that as “per information from NOPH, a blood sample has been taken by HCH for confirmatory purposes. The patient is unstable right now.
We will just ask the public to refrain from concocting stories until such time the laboratory test comes out. We need official statement from HCH or DOH regarding the incident.”
“And so as not to put Dumaguete and the entire Province in a bad light, we strongly advise the public to refrain from making stories especially in social media platforms that would cause undue public panic.”
“Those irresponsible comments surely do not help solve the problem, if ever there might arise,” the statement of Gov. Degamo concludes.
Dr. Talla explains that meningococcemia-bacterial infection caused by neisseria meningitidis, which may be spread by respiratory droplets and close contact. Infected person may manifest with macupapular lesions later becoming vesicular.
“It can be spread through respiratory secretions and close contact in cough and sneeze manners. To minimize the risk of infection make hand washing a habit and avoid crowded area,” Dr. Talla said.