54 medical teams look after health conditions of evacuees, other flood-affected families –DOH&amp

October 7, 2011 9:41 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 7 — Department of Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona said on Friday the government is doing its best to ensure the safe condition of flood-affected families in evacuation centers and those in their houses still submerged in floodwaters caused by the recent typhoons "Pedring" and "Quiel."

Ona said a total of 54 medical teams from different hospitals in Metro Manila and nearby provinces are taking rounds in evacuation centers in Bulacan and Pampanga.

Acute respiratory infection, skin diseases, high blood pressure, fever and diarrhea were the top leading causes of consultation in all evacuation centers.

Ona said some 3,600 patients treated in evacuation centers were suffering from respiratory diseases, including influenza and pneumonia.

About 600 diarrhea cases were reported, while five persons were suspected to be afflicted with leptospirosis in Bulacan.

Likewise, the health teams' other concerns include: the giving of measles vaccinations to children, administration of Vitamin C to children below five years old, giving of anti-tetanus, and leptospirosis prohylaxis to high risk persons.

The evacuees are also provided with assorted drugs, and medicines, including ointment for skin diseases.

Evacuees are strongly advised to use safe water and practice sanitation in the disposal of garbage and human waste, aside from personal hygiene.

Ona visited some of the affected barangays in Bulacan this week together with President Benigno S. Aquino III. The President, together with his other Cabinet members and local officials, held a dialogue on the government's effort to rehabilitate the affected areas in Central Luzon.

"We wish to inform everyone that the government is on top of the situation and is doing its best to help those affected by the typhoons," Ona said. (PNA)

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