MARAWI CITY–The Department of Health Region-10 Satellite Operations Center (OpCen) in Marawi said internally displaced persons (IDPs) currently sheltered in transitory houses and remaining evacuation centers are safe against the poliovirus.

Dr. Irmalyn Lucman, DOH-10 Marawi OpCen physician said on Thursday the IDP residents are free from having polio since the outbreak declared in September.

“As of now, we have not encountered any polio cases in evacuation centers and transitory sites here in Marawi City. We are having a massive polio immunization within communities,” she said.

She added, the health sector in the Marawi provides door-to-door polio vaccinations in several transitory and evacuation sites in the city.

She said DOH is closely monitoring the polio case among IDPs, considering one of three confirmed cases of polio in the country is from Marogong, Lanao del Sur – one of the neighboring municipalities of Marawi City.

The physician ensures that all IDP children are protected from all vaccine-preventable diseases.

The physician said the first round of the polio vaccination immunization in Marawi City kicked-off on October 14 personally attended by health secretary Dr. Francisco Duque.

“Along with the polio vaccination, we are conducting house-to-house visitation and orienting IDP parents about the symptoms of poliovirus,” she added.

Meanwhile, the physician assured the Marawi residents of continuous DOH’s quad-cluster approach activities of extending health services to the war-torn city, these include simultaneous conduct of medical consultations, providing medicines, extending prenatal and post-partum care, giving nutritional supplements and free immunizations, as well as stress-debriefing interventions, play and dance therapy to the IDP children.

Also, the DOH Marawi OpCen has been roaming around several transitional sites inside and outside Marawi City to provide health education thereby increasing the IDPs’ level of awareness on the importance of healthy diets to protect them against under-nutrition and/or over-nutrition as well as non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer.

Lucman disclosed the most common non-communicable disease among IDPs are hypertension diabetes mellitus.

“To monitor the IDPs’ health, we continue to implement routine vaccinations for infants and children, treatment for TB, diabetes mellitus and hypertensive patients, healthcare services for pregnant and lactating women, deworming and nutrition monitoring by giving Vitamin A supplementation for under-five children and senior citizens,” she said.

She added the DOH continues to provide Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) services among displaced families. (LADY JEAN KABAGANI/PNA)