ITOGON, Benguet, Sept. 25 (PIA) – – The Department of Health Cordillera Regional Office (DOH – CAR) continues to ensure the health and well – being of evacuees and responders in this municipality, the most affected town by the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong last week.
The massive landslide in Barangay Ucab and other landslide incidents in other parts of the municipality have resulted to the death 78 persons (as of 6pm September 24) as search, rescue and retrieval operation continues for the 33 others who were reported missing.
For the safety of emergency responders, DOH – CAR provided 500 Anti – tetanus and diphtheria vaccines and installed temporary toilets and portalets at Ground Zero where the search, rescue and retrieval operation is still on – going.
In terms of logistics, DOH – CAR is also focusing on ensuring the availability of the medicines, medical supplies and health emergency equipment needed in the area.
DOH – CAR OIC Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan said that the health department wants to ensure the health and well being of the evacuees, the responders and the community as a whole so that there will be no health – related outbreaks that will happen in the evacuation center and nearby communities.
‘Our focus is on communicable and food/water borne diseases, acute malnutrition, maternal and child health, mental health, and reproductive health, plus others health concerns that can be caused by stressed and trauma from the landslide incident’, Pangilinan added.
The DOH has fielded medical personnel in Itogon to provide medical consultation and treatment since the landslides happened.
Aside from post Typhoon Ompong health services, DOH – CAR is also focusing on the possible threat that Typhoon Paeng through the preposition of medicines, medical supplies and hygiene kits to the different provinces in Cordillera.
Medical and health coordination teams are on standby alert while rapid health assessment and psycho – social teams are identified if needed. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
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