CHO reiterates urgent need for Cawa-Cawa decongestion PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 11:59

City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos yesterday stressed anew the urgent need to decongest the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex and R.T. Lim Boulevard to totally resolve health issues besetting internally displaced persons (IDPs) housed thereat.

Agbulos, government lead of the Health Cluster in the Rehabilitation Coordination Structure said this as even as he assured that the City Health Office together with the Department of Health, the Zamboanga City Medical Center and the humanitarian partners, as well as Muslim volunteers continuously cater to the needs of the IDPs.

Agbulos during the press briefing in City Hall yesterday said a total of 108 confirmed deaths have been reported among IDPs staying at the grandstand and the shoreline since the September 9 siege due to various factors.

Pneumonia was the leading cause of death last week although acute gastroenteritis remains the foremost predator since the siege.

Fifty-eight percent (48%) of the mortalities were male while forty-one percent (41%) were female while almost half of the number (48%) were children below 5 years old.

The number of dengue cases had significantly decreased with only 4 cases recorded last month. This was attributed to the clean-up activities conducted in various evacuation camps early this year to destroy possible mosquito breeding places.

Acute respiratory infection, skin diseases and fever had been identified as the top causes for consultations. There were also cases of suspected measles, dengue, varicella and mumps in different evacuation camps, all of which were investigated with blood samples taken for testing.

To this end, interventions for issues on health, such as reproductive health, psychosocial health, sanitation and hygiene, are being conducted at the evacuation camps to ensure the health and wellbeing of the IDPs staying there.

The Philippine Red Cross Emergency Unit still operates 24/7 at sports complex.

In addition, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has also deployed five (5) nurses to assist with health promotion and monitoring cases of malnutrition, Agbulos added.— Claudine Uniana