Decongestion of evacuees at evacuation centers pushed PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:05

The city government is pushing for the transfer of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the evacuation centers at Baliwasan grandstand and R.T. Lim Boulevard to the different transitory sites as conditions have become more hazardous.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos told a news conference in City Hall yesterday morning that the transfer of the IDPs to a more convenient and safer place will help improve living conditions. The death toll at the evacuation centers continue to soar because of congestion.

From September 10 to March 16, a total of 101 deaths have been recorded at evacuation centers. Of the number, Agbulos said, 48% or 49 were children under 5 years old, 41.5% were females and 58% males with diarrhea as the leading cause of death among children and pneumonia among adults.

Other killer diseases among the IDPs were dengue with 76 cases, acute gastroenteritis, hypertension, cardiac arrest, asthma, complications with stroke and birth or neonatal deaths.

Thus, the city health officer pointed out that one measure to prevent further deaths among IDPs is to decongest the two evacuation centers and transfer the IDPs to the transitory sites of their choice, located in Taluksangay,Tulungatung and soon in Mampang and the PTSI property in Upper Calarian.

The city government, however, has clarified that the transfer of IDPs to the transitory sites is voluntary and willingness of the IDPs to move out of the evacuation centers, pending the construction of their permanent homes under the build back better strategy.

The City Health Office in coordination with the Department of Health and other concerned agencies is continuously monitoring the health conditions of IDPs, disease surveillance, advocacies on importance of nutrition, measles and all forms of vaccination and deworming among children, daily consultations, and anti-pneumonia and anti-influenza immunization among the adults.

Dr. Agbulos further said his office is also pushing for the widespread adopting of hygiene practices, reduce risky behavior practices related to diarrhea, increased participation of displaced families and accountability of WASH actors, and ensure optimal and maintenance of water and sanitation facilities. — Vic Larato