CHO continues monitoring health conditions of IDPs PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 13:01

The city government through the City Health Office in coordination with other agencies continues to monitor the health conditions of the internally displaced persons (IDPs), especially those at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan in an effort to prevent further deaths.

This, as the number IDPs who died at the grandstand and the RT Lim Boulevard evacuation centers has reached over 80.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos said causes of deaths in evacuation centers due to pneumonia and gastro-enteritis, which are affecting mostly children 5 years old and below. Other prevalent causes of death include asthma attack, cardiac arrest, cancer, abdominal mass, stroke, dehydration and enlargement of the heart, among others.

Dr. Rodel Agbulos said intensified efforts are being carried out that include daily consultations of the health status of senior citizens, feeding activities and advocacies among 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 has been 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.

Also being carried out continuously is the distribution of hygiene kits as well as medicines and supplies in different evacuation centers and medical consultations with CHO doctors at the three temporary health centers located in front of grandstand. Emergency tents also remain in inside the grandstand and are manned by the Red Cross-Zamboanga.

Meanwhile, the IDPs with access cards and referral forms get free services for admission at the out-patient department at the Zamboanga City Medical Center or even at the CHO in Pettit Barracks.

Last January 28, a dengue clean-up activity themed “Unido Contra Dengue” was held 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 themselves and ensure sustainability of the program.— Vic Larato