CHO to isolate the sick, frail, elders in evacuation centers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 13:24

The City Health Office will segregate the sick, frail and elderlies in evacuation centers to ensure proper monitoring and follow-up of their health condition.

At the same time, the CHO doubles efforts to maintain cleanliness and sanitation in the different evacuation centers particularly at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, which houses the biggest number of evacuees to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

City Health Officer Rodelin Agbulos said this, as he reported 27 fatalities in the evacuation centers as of November 2. Of the total number 12 are senior citizens who succumbed due to cardiovascular diseases, pneumonia and hypertension while 15 are minors whose deaths are traced to various cases to include severe dehydration due to diarrhea, asthmatic attacks and other infectious diseases.

“We have discussed this issue with the different agencies concerned. For me this is not alarming if we compare the number of mortality and the population of the evacuees,” the chair of the health cluster in the recovery and rehabilitation program pointed out.

Segregating the sick, frail and the elderlies in evacuation centers is one of the urgent measures set by the health cluster and is intended to help the cluster keep track of the condition of each and every concerned evacuee, according to Agbulos.

“I have been telling the evacuees to help us in finding solutions to the problem of environmental sanitation and personal hygiene,” the city health officer lamented. He said the evacuees themselves should practice environmental and physical cleanliness and sanitation contamination of food will be highly probable that could lead to diarrhea cases.

It has also been found out that water containers of some of the evacuees are positive of the chloroform bacteria. “This is more on handling of water, proper handwashing and personal hygiene”, agbulos said.

“The Local Government is trying to do everything especially in conducting daily medical consultations, regular vaccinations and providing medical services but if the evacuees themselves cannot help us then the highly preventable diseases will continue to hound the evacuation centers,” he added.

As this developed, the CHO has set up 4 tent health centers at the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College campus to cater to the needs of evacuees from Rio Hondo, Mariki, Sta. Barbara and Sta. Catalina.

The makeshift health centers have been set up since last week and are manned by the doctors and nurses originally assigned in the said barangays.  Through this health centers, patients can avail of the medical attention to include immunization, pre-natal and other health services.

Mayor Beng Climaco has taken cognizance of the situation in the evacuation centers and has tasked Agbulos to do everything possible to segregate evacuees with special health cases the soonest possible time. — Sheila Covarrubias