DOH introduces website for health emergency, disaster preparedness‏

July 29, 2011 10:11 pm 

MANILA, July 29 — The Department of Health (DOH) has launched books and a website as part of health advocacy activities for disaster preparedness to reduce risks and casualties.

"Necessity is the mother of all inventions and because of so many disasters that hit our country, these tools and systems are developed," said Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial, DOH assistant secretary.

Ubial said the series of books could be effectively used as reference materials by health professionals and implementers.

The book "Beyond Data" is a compilation of experiences and lessons learned from the hospitals' point of view on how they were able to survive, address and sustain medical needs services of its client and patients.

The materials include DOH Health Emergency Management Staff's Pocket Emergency Tool, Safe Hospital Assessment Tool, and Surveillance in Post Extreme Emergencies and Disasters (SPEED) Operations Manual for Managers.

They were important interventions that could secure health service delivery even when disaster struck, Ubial said.

The Philippines is reportedly number one in natural calamities, with the most number of typhoons recorded (22) in a year, more than 300 active volcanoes, and crossing the fault line or in the ring of fire everywhere in the Philippines except Palawan, said DOH Health Emergency Management Staff director Carmencita Banatin.

On top of the flooding, landslide, armed conflict, transportation accident, in short, any kind of hazard we have it, said Banatin.

Through the DOH-Health Emergency Management Staff, the department also launched Wednesday webportal with special features on emergency preparedness, management and response.

The public can now browse its new website or to monitor events like typhoon, vehicular accidents, food poisoning, bombings among others.

Latest health advisories are also provided with access to information or even contact numbers needed by the public related to emergency.

"These are timely materials that are worth sharing to the public to raise their awareness and to enhance their knowledge so that communities may understand its essential role in health emergencies and disasters," Ubial said. (PNA) RMA/FFC/SDT/utb


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