Sub-health centers set up in transit sites PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 August 2014 11:20

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in coordination with the City Health Office are intensifying measures to address health-related concerns of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at evacuation centers and transitory sites.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos, reported on Monday, August 4, during the press briefing at City Hall, that the construction of a multipurpose hall at the Taluksangay transitory site is almost done. This hall will be used as a sub-health center that will cater to health care needs of IDPs.

Also, another multipurpose hall is being built at the Tulungatung transitory site while the multipurpose hall at Mampang-Masepla transit site will start as soon as the facility at the Tulungatung TS is completed.

The need to toughen health services for IDPs is intended to reduce mortality cases in evacuation centers.

On the other hand, Dr. Agbulos said pneumonia continues to be the primary cause of death among the IDPs.

Many cases though, he said, are not reported due to some cultural practices such as the practice of burying the dead with 24 hours. In cases like this, the CHO is unable to get record of causes of death and thus, it is later categorized as “unknown.” “Because after he/she expires, the victim will have to be buried within twenty four (24) hours.”

Mortality cases due to unknown reasons constitute 14.8 percent of the  total number of deaths.

Meanwhile, CHO conducted massive vaccination activities in transitory shelters at Tulungatung and Taluksangay following reports on increased cases of measles. — Juseph G. Elas-WMSU-OJT