CHO notes drop in mortality rate of IDPs PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 May 2014 11:59

The City Health Office has noted a drop in the mortality rate of Internally Displace Persons (IDPs) housed on tents at the R.T. Lim Boulevard after the city government gradually transferred the IDPs to designated transitory sites.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos disclosed there were only two mortalities recorded among the remaining IDPs at the R.T. Lim Boulevard the past 20 days unlike in the previous weeks.

“This is a positive development that means we were able to bring them to a place which is very conducive and away from health risks,” Agbulos said.

The IDPs, who are mostly from the Badjao and Samal Muslim tribes, were victims of the siege launched by members of the Moro National Liberation Front last year.

A total of 79 IDP-families were transferred as early as April to the elementary schools in Barangays Arena Blanco and Mampang to help decongest the R.T. Lim Boulevard in view of health risks.

Last Wednesday, they were transferred to the newly-constructed bunkhouses in one of the transitory sites at Sitio Masepla, Barangay Mampang to clear the two schools in time for the 2014-2015 school opening.

The Masepla transitory site will serve as their temporary shelter pending construction of permanent houses in their areas of origin

Agbulos hopes that the remaining IDP-families still at R.T. Lim Boulevard and the sports complex can be transferred to the transitory sites the soonest time possible in a bid to minimize if not prevent further deaths among the IDPs.

Agbulos’ office has recorded a total of 114 mortalities among IDPs as of May 13 since the siege broke out last September 9. — RGGAG