VALENZUELA CITY – The Valenzuela City government said the one-year-old girl who died at the Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital (VCEH) did not die because of meningococcemia.
“NEGATIBO ang resulta ng isinagawang pagsusuri kaugnay ng hinihinalang kaso ng Meningococcemia sa Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital (VCEH),” the city government said in a Facebook post.
But the local government reminded residents not to panic and to take care of their health. It said the VCEH and other facilities of city hall will remain open to people at any given time.
In a report by Manila Bulletin, Valenzuela City Public Information Chief Zyan Caiña said the test was done to determine if Neisseria meningitidis bacteria is present in the girl’s blood.
The city council issued a statement following rumors of a meningococcemia outbreak in the city which made rounds on social media sites.
To recall, the one-year-old girl who displayed symptoms of meningococcemia died on arrival at the hospital.
After her death, the hospital’s emergency room underwent fumigation, ultraviolet light, and disinfection as a precautionary measure.
Prophylactic antibiotics were given to people who were in contact with the patient as well as those on hospital duty at that time.
The Department of Health (DOH) reiterated there is meningococcemia outbreak across the country.
"We are, however, investigating a suspected Meningococcemia case in Valenzuela City of a two-year-old female who exhibited signs and symptoms of the disease. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital (VCEH)," the DOH said in a statement.