Health issues in camps aggressively addressed PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 February 2014 11:26

The City Government pursues aggressive steps to lessen health issues in evacuation centers particularly at the R.T. Lim Boulevard and at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex or grandstand in Baliwasan where the bulk of internally displaced persons (IDPs) remain.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos said intensified efforts include daily consultations at temporary health centers/ monitoring of health status of senior citizens feeding activities and advocacies to mothers on the importance of nutrition; environmental cleanliness by sanitary inspectors and advocacy for maintaining cleanliness and early consultation for IDPs with diseases. A bunkhouse is made available for senior citizens at the grandstand with monitoring done by the City Health Office (CHO) and the Local Red Cross (PRC).

Agbulos said early consultations for early management is a major pre-emptive step to prevent health complications, thus the continuous advocacy for early consultations. Tent-to-tent consultations will commence this week.

But Mayor Beng Climaco stressed that an all-encompassing solution to health issues in evacuation centers is the swift movement of IDPs to transitory sites where convenience and safety is assured.

For now, the City Government is exhausting all means to negotiate and eventually purchase lots for temporary/permanent shelters, she said.

Distribution of hygiene kits as well as medicines and supplies in different evacuation centers and medical consultations with CHO doctors at the 3 temporary health centers located infront of grandstand are also continuous. Emergency tents also remain in inside the grandstand and manned by the Red Cross-Zambo

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) with access cards and referral forms get free services for admission or at the out-patient department at the ZCMC or even at the City Health Office in Pettit Barracks.

Since September 2013 to February 8, 2014, the cumulative number of mortality in evacuation centers total 81. Prevalent causes of death include pneumonia, asthma attack, cardiac arrest, cancer, abdominal mass, stroke, dehydration and enlargement of the heart among others.

Burial assistance to families of the bereaved is provided by the City through the City Social Welfare Office

Last January 38, a dengue clean-up activity themed “Unido Contra Dengue” was held January 28 at the grandstand involving all government agencies and some non-government sectors. Strategies included health education, search and destroy, distribution of IECs, fumigation and adopt a zone strategy to encourage participation of IDPs and ensure sustainability of the program.

The PTSI in Calarian and the Talon-talon transitory sites are now being spruced up and prepared for IDP movement soon. Four transitory sites are existing: grandstand in Baliwasan, Tulungatung, Taluksangay and Rio Hondo.— Sheila Covarrubias