by Yas Ocampo
Davao City – The Department of Health (DOH) has raised serious concern over the lack of safe vital water facilities in the evacuation centers in Marawi and Iligan cities.
It has noted that most of the evacuation centers did not have sources of steady supply of safe drinking water.
In its latest report, the Health Emergency Management Staff (HEMS) pointed out the various areas of concern regarding the critical resource, amid weeks of fighting between government troops and Maute Group rebels in Marawi City.
In some areas, the DOH said it has had to install a sign warning evacuees that the water supply was not safe for drinking.
In Balo-i, Lanao del Norte, the evacuation centers did not have enough supply of safe drinking water, aside from important materials such as kitchen and cooking utensils.
Some of the evacuation centers still rely on refills by non-government organizations, such as the Philippine Red Cross, for its supply of potable water.
At the Sta. Elena evacuation site, the evacuees have been reported to resort to drinking water that was meant to wash their clothes.
Health officials from Caraga and the ARMM have deployed health workers to conduct a demonstration of the use of water filtration systems using hyposol, a disinfectant.
In Iligan City, the teams have requested at least 400 water containers to be distributed to the evacuees in the camps.
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