By Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce
Nearly a month since the war in Marawi City started, over 2,000 evacuees already had medical concerns, the Department of Health (DOH) reported yesterday.
According to the DOH, a total of 2,351 internally-displaced persons (IDPs) have sought medical attention in different hospitals in Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte.
“The present living conditions of the IDPs expose the people to respiratory, gastrointestinal, and other illnesses or diseases of outbreak potentials,” Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial said.
Out of the said hospital consultations, 368 are still admitted while 1,362 received out patient management and treatment. Also included are 24 deaths; which were mostly caused by respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses.
To ensure better coordination in the provision of health services to evacuees, the health department established a Unified Command Center in Iligan City.
The center houses DOH personnel from Northern Mindanao and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. It shall continuously consolidate reports and deploy public health and composite teams to ensure that health services are provided to the IDPs.
“Health workers from the local government units, DOH regional offices, and DOH central office have been tirelessly working to ensure that health services will be provided in a timely
manner to prevent outbreaks of diseases and other secondary health-related emergencies,” assured Ubial.
The DOH said this is aside from the continuous consultations being held in evacuation centers and health facilities including the barangay health stations, rural health units, and hospitals.
“Fuelled by high hopes and the burning desire of public service, the DOH personnel braved the chaotic situation to provide health services to the IDPs,” she added. (Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce)
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