DSWD Bicol Field staff validates typhoid-affected families in Dimasalag, Masbate.

In response to the typhoid fever upsurge in Dimasalag, Masbate, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol provided financial assistance on February 7, 2024. Three typhoid-affected families received financial aid through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) Program.

The department extended PHP 3,000 medical assistance to these families to cover their medications. Meanwhile, the bereaved family of the patient who passed away due to the ailment received funeral assistance covering their remaining balance to the service provider.

Regional Director Norman S. Laurio, upon learning of the incident, promptly coordinated with the local government of Dimasalag for provision of immediate aid. DSWD Bicol’s Municipal Action Team (MAT) conducted validation, profiling, and assessment last February 5, 2024. Initially, Disaster Response Management Division of Field Office V provided family food packs and hygiene kits to each affected families last February 4, 2024.

Reports indicate that the typhoid fever cases in the area is purportedly attributed to Salmonella Typhi bacteria, transmitted through contaminated water, posing a major public health risk.

The Field Office continues to coordinate closely with MAT-Dimasalag to monitor the situation and provide further interventions. RD Laurio affirmed, “The DSWD stands prepared to supplement the resources of the LGU to assist its affected residents.”

In the meantime, the public is urged to take preventive measures such as boiling water for consumption, chlorinating water, and ensuring thorough cooking of food to prevent contamination.#