UN hands over ‘hospital in a container’

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

TACLOBAN CITY – Two top-ranking officials of the United Nations agencies arrived Saturday to visit the communities that were affected by the Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UN under-secretary general and executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, first visited the town of Palo, Leyte and handed over the “hospital in a container” to the local authorities.

Also present during the simple ceremony at the Palo Municipal Hall lobby are DOH Secretary Enrique Ona, Usec. Janette Loreto Garin, Govenor Dominic Petilla, Vice Governor Carlo Loreto, and Palo Mayor Remedios Petilla.

We at the UNFPA would like to continue to add value to the work that we do and to your lives, Osotimehin said in his short remarks during the ceremony.

He also expressed thanks to the people of Palo and the national government for giving the space in providing services.

After the handover ceremony, the UNFPA and DOH officials proceeded to San Joaquin Catholic Church in San Joaquin, Palo to personally observe the on-going health mission inside the church building.

In front of the church is now the site of mass grave of hundreds of the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

The UNFPA, in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, is setting up women-friendly spaces in evacuation centers and affected communities.

Dr. Osorimehin incidentally met with Tony Lake, the UNICEF executive director who was also at the Tacloban Center which is until now remains the evacuation center of several families.

The two UN executives, together with the DOH officials joined a group of women and children who were undergoing sessions. These areas served as a venue for women and girls to avail information on how to protect themselves from gender-based violence, where they can report cases and what services are available to manage these cases.

UNFPA estimates that there are currently 270, pregnant women in the affected areas, 1,000 of whom are giving birth every day. Around 15 percent of them are experiencing complications during delivery and it is prioritizing reaching the areas hardest hit by Yolanda to address these and other health needs. (Sunnex)

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