By Lady Jean L. Kabagani

MARAWI CITY, Jan. 18 (PIA ICCC)—As the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) aims to shut down all evacuation centers in Lanao del Norte by the end of first quarter, the Department of Health (DOH) also commits itself to a nonstop delivery of health services to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Marawi City.

During the ceremonial turnover of house keys to IDP beneficiaries at Barangay Boganga transitional site on Thursday, Jan. 17, DOH vowed to do its best to assist in Marawi rehabilitation by addressing the health issues and concerns of IDPs.

Dr. David Mendoza, head of the Regional Epidemiology, Surveillance and Disaster Response Unit (RESDRU) of the DOH-10, said there is an existing collaboration, cooperation and coordination among DOH, Marawi local government unit and Amai Pakpak Medical Center (APMC) to deliver healthcare services to about 206 transferred IDP families at the Lake View Transitional Site in Barangay Boganga.

“At this time, we pave way to the local government unit to be at the frontline in the delivery of health services. Our part in the DOH together with our partner, the APMC, is to support the City Health Office (CHO) and provide technical assistance if needed,” Mendoza said.

Mendoza explained that medical teams from Marawi CHO, DOH and APMC have augmented in the conduct of health surveillance and pre-medical assessment on the IDPs.

“Our team stays here to see the health of the residents,” Mendoza added.

The DOH official also ensures IDPs of continuing medical support saying, “we assure the ongoing health services for Marawi residents until they settle down.”

FILE Photo. The Department of Health Region 10 provides medicines and vitamins to the returned residents of Brgy. Cabasaran, Marawi City. (Photo by James Umaran/PIA ICCC)

Mendoza disclosed that a temporary medical clinic is set up within the transitory site to closely monitor the health condition of the IDPs.

“We request the newly transferred IDP families to have their medical consultation with us,” Mendoza urged.

DOH monitors the health of the newly transferred residents in the area to protect them against infections and diseases.

File Photo. The Department of Health Region 10 provides free medical check ups and consultation to Marawi residents affected by the siege. (Photo by James Umaran/PIA ICCC)

Currently, the DOH continues to provide all the quad-cluster of basic services for the IDPS such as water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), medical services, nutrition assessment and psychosocial services. (LJKabagani/PIA ICCC)