IDPs get free medical services, food packs PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2014 11:19

The internally displaced persons (IDPs) occupying the JFE Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan and Cawa-Cawa shorelines received free medical checkups, medicines and food packs yesterday morning at the grandstand.

The medical mission was conducted by the Physicians Across Continents (PAC), a Saudi based medical team, upon the request of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) in coordination with the City Health Office and other agencies.

The Saudi-based team was composed of two physicians, five nurses and a pharmacist. Joining the medical mission were doctors, nurses and staff of the City Health Office, while the city government distributed food packs of rice, noodles and sardines to the IDPs who availed of the medical checkups.
Present to facilitate the medical mission were Jojo Abdussalam, Prof. Ismael Musa, some Darul Ifta members, Datu Husayin Arpa, president of the Philippine Council for Badjao, and several other volunteers for IDPs.
Arpa thanked physicians, nurses and volunteers for conducting medical mission to the IDPs, as he called on all sectors to help the IDPs in their needs. He said it’s time for Muslims and Christians to unite and help the IDPs.
He said Zamboanga City is for everybody whether Christians and Muslims. “So we have to help one another,” he added.
To recall, the recovery program is focused on the health condition of the IDPs following the reported deaths of evacuees suffering from different diseases.
As of March 30, the death toll at the grandstand has reached 104 with diarrhea as the leading cause of death among children and pneumonia among adults. Other killer diseases among the IDPs were dengue acute gastroenteritis, hypertension, cardiac arrest, asthma, complications with stroke and birth or neonatal deaths.
Aside from continuous health monitoring and medical assistance, the city health officer cited one measure that would prevent further deaths among IDPs, and that is to decongest the two evacuation centers by transferring the IDPs to the transitory sites of their choice.
These sites are 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. — Vic Larato