The Department of Health (DOH) has assured the continuous monitoring of thousands of families staying in evacuation centers, particularly in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, affected by tropical storm “Sendong.”
Dr. Carmencita Banatin, head of the DOH Health Emergency Management Staff, assured the continuous assessment of health conditions of the families in the evacuation centers and being taken care of either by the local or DOH regional office.
Among the top leading diseases reported were acute respiratory infection, open wounds and bruises, fever, acute water diarrhea, and hypertension.
Also with highest number of consultations were skin disease among children.
Banatin also assured sufficient medical supplies with an estimated P10 million worth of medical supplies being distributed to the DOH regional offices.
There is an ongoing measles vaccination for children below 15 years, giving of Vitamin A supplementation, and giving of tetanus toxoid for those with open wounds, she said.
With 80 percent of water supplies affected and with reports of diarrheal cases, the health official said chlorine solutions and water disinfectants are provided to local government units (LGUs).
Hence, Banatin said there is continuous testing of water by DOH sanitary engineers as well as chlorinating of water, especially from fire trucks delivering potable water.
People are constantly reminded of maintaining cleanliness, she said, noting congestion at the evacuation centers.
Banatin said starting on Sunday, construction of temporary pit privies will be conducted in all evacuation centers.
She said 200 portalets will also be given on Sunday to evacuation centers courtesy of UNICEF, 100 each for Iligan and Cagayan de Oro.