DOH: 3,773 cases of common illnesses recorded among Taal evacuees

Published January 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Analou De Vera 

The Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday that more than 3,000 evacuees, who were affected by the recent eruption of Taal Volcano, have sought medical consultation after they experienced different common illnesses.

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (CZAR DANCEL / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“As of yesterday, we recorded 3,773 cases of common illnesses for which consultation were sought,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

The illnesses experienced by the evacuees were common respiratory illnesses, hypertension, diarrhea, eye irritation, and skin diseases.

“These are not surprising considering the congestion in evacuation centers and the harmful effects of the eruption of Taal Volcano,” said Duque.

The health chief assured that there is enough supply of medicines in the different evacuation centers.

Meanwhile, Duque said that they are also conducting immunization activities in the evacuation sites.

“We wanted to take advantage of having a captive market to provide them the necessary vaccines,” he said.

The health chief said that it is their objective to bring back the evacuees “to normalcy as soon as possible.”

“But that is easier said than done. It will be contingent upon what the Phivolcs (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) will say over the next few days about the status of the Taal Volcano,” said Duque.

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