Philippines: DOH to hire health personnel for hinterland evacuation centers

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ICC Iligan City (5 November) -- The Department of Health, Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD), region 10, is planning to assign a nurse and a midwife to help monitor the health conditions of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Lanao del Norte.

Thus revealed Dr. David Mendoza, Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit Chief and Head of the Emergency Health Team, DOH-CHD-10, during a media briefing at the Information Command Center (ICC), Philippine Information Agency, this city.

Such measure is undertaken by DOH-CHD-10 to partly solve the problem on the lack of health personnel in the hinterland towns of the province having the most congested evacuation centers (EC), he said.

These health personnel, however, will be hired on contractual basis and assigned in the EC's of Munai and Poona Piagapo towns to help administer, among others, the injectable anti-biotics and intravenous (IV) fluids that DOH-CHD-10 will be providing the IDP's through their respective Municipal Health Units.

Meanwhile, Mendoza said Munai has a water supply problem owing to its leaking tanks destroyed by the heavy rains resulting in the increased number of gastro intestinal (GI) cases in its ECs.

Because of this, DOH-CHD-10 will be providing Munai with 200 units of hypo-chloride solution for household chlorination, aside from its recommendation to the LDN provincial government to help beef up and strengthen the potability of water in the area.

As to the problem on the lack of latrines in the ECs, DOH-CHD-10 has compromised to construct one latrine for every 50 IDP's because we don't have the resources to follow the standard of the World Health Organization (WHO) that there should be one latrine for every 20 persons, he said.

"So that we were able to construct only 30 latrines in Munai, out of the needed more than 100 and 20 others in Tangkal and additional five (5) seats in Riverside, Kolambugan, a coastal town attacked by the lawless MILF group (LMG) last Aug. 18," he added.