‏DOH on tight watch over typhoon victims in evacuation centers

October 5, 2011 10:06 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 5 — The Department of Health (DOH) is on tight watch over the conditions of typhoon victims not only in evacuation centers but also those stranded in their houses due to floodings.

This, as Dr. Carmencita Banatin, head of the DOH Health Emergency Staff, noted that health is at risks in evacuation centers, especially after five to seven days.

The DOH, through its Center for Health Development for Central Luzon, has started giving measles vaccinations, leptopirosis prophylaxis, anti-tetanus to affected families inside the different evacuation centers after the recent typhoons "Pedring" and "Quiel."

Dr.Banatin said medical teams, which include doctors, nurses, paramedics, and aides, are rendering emergency health services.

Medical teams came from Dr. Jose Fabella, National Children Hospital, San Lazaro Hospital, Philippine Orthopedic Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, Rizal Medical Center, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, and JB Lingad Memorial General Hospital.

On Wednesday, they are scheduled to render health services in evacuation centers in Paombong, Pulilan, Calumpit and Hagonoy in Bulacan.

Banatin said the DOH medical teams are also conducting measles vaccines for children ages six months to 15 years.

Likewise, she said their teams are looking into concerns of the people including communicable diseases, nutrition, safe food and water supply, sanitation and hygiene, and mental health and psychosocial issues.

Diarrhea is increasing in evacuation centers Banatin, said emphasizing the need to ensure the safety of drinking water.

Last Sunday, Banatin, proceeded to the Command Post in Bulacan Medical Center to provide technical assistance, and in the afternoon together with Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona, attended the NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) meeting with the President.

Other evacuation centers have already been decamped.

In the DOH latest HEAR (Health Emergency Alert Reporting System) plus report showed that a number of affected families in Region 3 is now 42,315 or 192,477 individuals.

Flood is still reported in the provinces of Bulacan, Tarlac, Pampanga (such as Candaba, Masantol, Macabebe and San Simon) and Nueva Ecija.

Most areas in Calumpit and Hagonoy, Bulacan are still not passable to all types of vehicles. This is because flood waters have not subsided yet and water is continuously being released from dams in Ambuklao, Binga, Maga, and San Roque.

Power supply in some parts of Region 2 and 3 has not been restored yet.

Likewise, in summary, a total of 45,159 families or 302,722 individuals are still staying in the different evacuation centers in CHDs 2, 3 and Metro Manila.

As of Wednesday, about P5.1 million worth of assorted drugs and medicines were distributed to affected areas, with highest distribution of P888,629 in CHD 3 (Bulacan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Zambales, Nueva Ecija). (PNA)

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