Children in evac centers vaccinated-A A +A
Sunday, September 22, 2013
HEALTH authorities have conducted vaccination of children to prevent the spread of viral diseases in the different evacuation centers amid the standoff in Zamboanga City.
City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos said they have so far recorded four cases of measles at the Joaquin F. Enriquez Jr. Memorial Sports Complex, which is the biggest among the 56 evacuation centers.
The sports complex houses 11,979 families comprising of 71,265 individuals based on the records of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Records showed that the sports complex houses 11,979 (71,265 individuals) of the 23,794 families who fled their home for fear of their safety. The rest of the 23,794 families consisting of 118,819 individuals are spread out in the other 55 evacuation centers that include schools, village halls and covered courts.
Agbulos said the other diseases they have recorded include upper respiratory tract infections, diarrhea, and skin diseases.
She explained that the recorded diseases are caused by poor hygiene and environmental sanitation.
He said his office, the Department of Health (DOH), and groups of volunteer-doctors have established clinics to check on the health conditions of the evacuees.
He said the National Association of Dermatologists is sending a group of doctors to examine the evacuees with skin diseases.
Agbulos said they have also sufficient supply of medicines to be given the evacuees.
He said they have improved the maintenance of sanitation and cleanliness in the evacuation centers to prevent the spread of viral disease at the evacuation centers. (Bong Garcia)