7-year old girl dies of Meningo in Kibawe

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/ 13 March) A seven-year old girl died of meningococcemia in a remote village in Kibawe, Bukidnon yesterday, Dr. Helen Rose Tubog, Kibawe rural health officer told this reporter via telephone Tuesday.

Tubog did not want to name the girl but assured that they are done with providing preventive medicines to all those who have possibly contacted her during infection.

The victim, she added, was a Grade 2 pupil from a village of about 14 kilometers from the Kibawe town proper.

The girl died at the Bukidnon Provincial Hospital in Kibawe at around 3p.m. Monday and was buried around 8a.m. in their village Tuesday.

Tubog said she made sure the casket was not opened when it reached the village after it was discharged from the hospital.  She added that she sent a nurse, a sanitary inspector, and a police officer to join the family on their way home to ensure public safety.

But Tubog could not assure there are no other infections yet as they continue to observe those who were in contact with the victim.

According to the Department of Health, the disease is curable and could only be transmitted through direct contact or exposure with the infected person.

Meningococcemia is brought about by spread of the bacteria to bloodstream causing severe signs and symptoms, including fever, stiff neck, convulsion, in some delirium, altered mental status, vomiting, cough, sore throat, other respiratory symptom.

The most devastating form of meningococcemia is fulminant meningococcemia which consists of hemorrhagic rashes; drop in blood pressure and circulating shock leading to death, according to the DOH’s Frequently Asked Questions page on the disease. (Bukidnon News)

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