Close  

DOH chief: Don’t panic over ‘flesh-eating disease’

/ 04:15 PM February 25, 2014

Health Secretary Enrique Ona. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Health Secretary Enrique Ona urged the public not to panic over a supposed “flesh-eating” skin disease in Pangasinan.

“There is no reported case of ‘flesh-eating’ skin disease in the country yet. Absolutely no reason for the public to panic,” the health secretary said in a statement posted in their Facebook account on Tuesday.

ADVERTISEMENT

Ona made the statement after ABS-CBN reported in their late-night program “Bandila” that a “mysterious flesh-eating disease” is slowly spreading in Pangasinan.

The reporter, clad in protective gear and face mask, interviewed two case studies in Villasis and Santa Barbara who were said to be “decaying” due to a “mysterious” disease. But the provincial health officer dispelled the report, saying the two victims had psoriasis and leprosy.

FEATURED STORIES

Ona further explained that the patient in Santa Barbara is a 21-year-old female who is on multi-drug therapy for leprosy. The patient developed an adverse reaction to the drugs.

Meanwhile, the patient in Villasis was said to have a severe case of psoriasis, a chronic skin disease of red patches and white scales, Ona added.

“There are a lot of diseases that may manifest through changes in the skin. It is good to consult our doctors or go to the nearest barangay health unit when we need medical advice and treatment. Let us avail of the free healthcare service in our health facilities,” Ona said.

The two cases were not that of the rare necrotizing fasciitis, a serious bacterial infection that spreads rapidly and destroys the body’s soft tissue, Pangasinan provincial health officer Dr. Anna Guzman said.

The ABS-CBN report was made amid an internet buzz that a prophecy by self-titled prophet Vincent Selvakumar of the Voice of Jesus Ministries in April 2013 said a flesh-eating disease would spread from the Ilocos province to the world.

Just hours after the Bandila report came out Monday night, the hashtag #PrayForPangasinan trended on Twitter, with netizens resorting to faith amid fears of an apocalyptic doom.

The prophet was also said to have predicted a flood that would ravage Samar and Leyte, a reference supernatural netizens said was fulfilled when Super Typhoon “Yolanda” ravaged the Central Philippines in November 2013.

ADVERTISEMENT

RELATED STORY

‘Mysterious flesh-eating disease’ in Pangasinan a hoax–health exec

Click here for more weather related news."

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: ABS-CBN, Bandila, disaster, disease, DoH, Earthquake, Enrique Ona, Indian Prophecy, Outbreak, Pangasinan, prophet, Regions, Typhoon, Vincent Selvakumar
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.