Health measures tightened as death toll on IDPs soars PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 13:11

The city government recently strengthened health and sanitary measures in the evacuation centers and transitional sites as the death toll on internally displaced persons (IDPs) has climbed to 88, mostly children.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos told the press in City Hall yesterday that the 88 deaths were reported from Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan and Cawa-Cawa shoreline.

Of the number, half (50) were children aged 5 years and below, 38% female and 62% male, and the leading cause of deaths among children was diarrhea, and pneumonia among adults. Other factors include old-age, cardiac arrest, asthma, neonatal (miscarriage), stroke and stroke.

Thus, Agbulos said the City Health Office continues distribution of medicines and supplies, free services from the Zamboanga City Medical Center and CHO, more accessible transportation of patients from evacuation centers to health facilities, and deployment of additional health workers to assist the IDPS.

Other health and sanitary measures are likewise implemented at the evacuation centers like deworming for children, health education, vitamin A supplement, immunization, prenatal care with emphasis on facility-based deliveries, free consultation on a tent-to-tent basis under the “Servicio con todo Corazon” program.

As this developed, the city health officer has recommended the decongestion of IDPs at the evacuation centers, tapping of Muslim leaders like the Darul Ifta for health education strategies, intensify advocacies on cleanliness and the importance of health and sanitation as well as early consultation and preventive medicines.

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