By Lady Jean Kabagani

MARAWI CITY (Dec 19) — The Department of Health (DOH) continues to respond to health issues and sustains the provision of medical services to the displaced families of the remaining evacuation centers outside the war-torn city.

Recent data from DOH Region 10 showed that six recognized evacuation centers in Lanao del Norte include Brgy. Nangka Hall, Mahad Markazie, Gomampong Gym, Baluno, Tent Plaza and Al Bironi as of Dec. 19.

“The DOH Region 10 is serving these evacuation centers, five in Balo-i and one in Pantar,” said Dr. David Mendoza, head of DOH-X Operation Center (OpCen).

“However, our special team is also operating and doing health management of homebased families. We are covering not only the IDPs but also the host communities,” Mendoza added.

DOH also continues to provide basic medical and hygienic services, dental mission and monitors communicable diseases (URTI, skin diseases, tuberculosis, pneumonia) and non-communicable diseases (Hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus Type II).

The DOH also facilitates cluster meetings, monitoring and inspection for water, sanitation and hygiene(WASH) sustainability.

There is also an ongoing distribution of hygiene and dignity kits among IDPs.

He said the agency also conducts mental, psychological, and psychosocial support to the victims of Marawi siege.

Mendoza underscored the importance of nutrition assessment and intervention to the victims of Marawi siege hence, DOH is continously distributing vitamin supplements to them.

“We want to continue these immediate health care services, not only now, but until all the IDPs will return to their almost normal life,” Mendoza said.

DOH ensures the continuity of health services and stress debriefing interventions for IDPs amidst the ongoing physical rehabilitation of Marawi City. (LJKabagani/PIA ICCC)