DOH team sent to Marawi to aid evacuees Print
Sunday, 25 June 2017 17:19

The Department of Health-9 (DOH-9) is sending another medical team to assist in providing assistance to the thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) brought about by the ongoing fighting in Marawi City.

Maxell Bermas, DOH regional epidemiology surveillance unit (RESU) chief, on Saturday said the 25-man medical team will depart this city on Tuesday, June 27.

Bermas said the team, to be headed by Dr. Rolando Bucoy, will be assigned at the Sta. Elena Evacuation Center in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte.

He said the team will compose of a squad cluster which includes a medical team; water, hygiene, and sanitation team; nutrition and emergency team; and, psycho-social support system.

He said the deployment of the team is in line with the directive of the DOH central office to pool resources in providing humanitarian aid to the Marawi City displaced families.

“There is an order from the central office to augment human and non-human resources,” he added.

The first team the DOH-9 sent on June 12 to an evacuation center in Lanao del Norte has returned home on Wednesday, June 21.

They brought with them a 10-wheeler truck loaded with medicines, water purifiers, jerrycans, and ready-to-eat food packs.

Thousands of residents have been displaced as fighting continue in Marawi City between government forces and the joint Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-inspired Maute group and Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

The fighting broke out after the Maute group members went berserk and occupied several establishments after the security forces raided on May 23 the hideout of ASG leader Isnilon Hapilon.

The Maute group is providing protection to Hapilon, who pledged allegiance to the ISIS terror group. (RGAAG/PNA)