Governor: Refrain from
spreading false speculation
The Negros Oriental Provincial Health Office yesterday revealed they are currently investigating a suspected meningococcemia case in the province.
While authorities have requested anonymity for the patient and their residence, the provincial office, with authority for release by Governor Roel Degamo, indicated the patient was first admitted to Holy Child Hospital in Dumaguete City but was later transferred to Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, which is located in the same locality.
The patient is reportedly in “unstable” condition.
Hospital officials have already taken blood samples, which will be forwarded to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Metro Manila for analysis.
Meanwhile, the governor appealed for the public to refrain from spreading stories about the case until the laboratory results are received.
“We strongly advise the public to stop from making stories, especially [on] social media platforms, that would cause undue public panic,” he stated.
Degamo also called for Holy Child Hospital and the Department of Health to issue an official statement regarding the matter.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meningococcemia is caused by bacteria that enters the bloodstream and multiplies, which can damage blood vessel walls.
Symptoms include fever and chills, fatigue, vomiting, cold extremities, severe aches or pain to muscles and joints, rapid breathing, and diarrhea./DGB, WDJ