CHO intensifies health efforts in evac centers PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:24

The City Health Office, in coordination with the Department of Health and in cooperation with various other groups, continue to intensify its efforts to safeguard the health of all Zamboangueno evacuees and to prevent the possible spread of diseases among them.

In a press conference called by City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco yesterday afternoon, city health officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos gave updates on the health conditions in the various evacuation centers and the continuous medical consultations being conducted in the 27 evacuation centers that house 31,135 individuals displaced by the September 9 Zamboanga Crisis and the flooding that followed.

According to Agbulos, the top five illness that plague evacuees are as follows: acute respiratory infection (14,467 cases), fever (4,649 cases), acute watery diarrhea (3,136 cases), skin diseases (1,962) and high blood pressure (1,075 cases).

A total of three cases of varicella infection, most commonly known as chicken pox, have also been reported – two at the Don Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex and one at the Sta. Maria Central School.

The cases are isolated and monitored regularly,” Agbulos assured.

The city health officer likewise disclosed that there have been no additional cases of measles in the various evacuation centers after a massive measles vaccination was conducted.

Medical attention is similarly given to the elderly evacuees, 715 of which received flu and/or pneumonia vaccinations, he added.

One mortality was recorded from the Tetuan Central School with the death of a 28-year old male who was suffering from liver cirrhosis.

Agbulos further added that to better serve the evacuees at the sports complex, three tents had been isolated and relocated inside the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College to serve as rural health units or health centers for Barangays Mariki, Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina and Rio Hondo. — Claudine Uniana