Dedo na ‘bak­wit’ abot na sa 40

Tempo - - Front Page - By AR­GYLL CYRUS B. GE­DUCOS

The De­part­ment of Health (DoH) said a to­tal of 40 in­di­vid­u­als dis­placed by the on­go­ing armed con­flict in Marawi City have died due to dif­fer­ent dis­eases as of Sun­day evening.

Health Sec­re­tary Paulyn Ubial, dur­ing the Min­danao Hour press brief­ing Mon­day morn­ing, said the cause of the deaths of the 40 in­di­vid­u­als ranges from acute gas­troin­testi­nal in­fec­tions to heartre­lated dis­eases.

“Twenty per­cent are due to com­pli­ca­tions of acute gas­troen­teri­tis, 15 per­cent are due to pneu­mo­nia, and 12.5 per­cent due to sep­sis,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to Ubial, 16,411 pa­tients were ad­mit­ted or treated in health fa­cil­i­ties, both govern­ment and pri­vate, free of charge. There were also 882 pa­tients re­ferred for treat­ment from the evac­u­a­tion cen­ters to hos­pi­tals.

“When trans­lated to num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als, the over­all af­fected pop­u­la­tion is about 465,692 per­sons, close to half a mil­lion peo­ple,” Ubial said.

The health chief dis­closed that tem­po­rary shel­ters were set up in 87 evac­u­a­tion cen­ters to ac­com­mo­date 26,991 in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons (IDPs) col­lo­qui­ally known as ‘Bak­wit’, while those liv­ing out­side evac­u­a­tion cen­ters or home-based IDPs added up to 97,788 fam­i­lies or 438,701 in­di­vid­u­als.

“Part of its ser­vices given to the in­ter­nally dis­placed in­cludes psy­cho­log­i­cal first aid, psy­choso­cial pro­cess­ing, and cop­ing with stress mech­a­nisms,” said Ubial.

The Health Sec­re­tary also said that on Wed­nes­day, the DoH con­ducted chil­dren’s par­ties in sev­eral evac­u­a­tion cen­ters to en­lighten and re­lieve the bur­den among the dis­placed chil­dren.

The DoH is now also prepar­ing a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­con­struc­tion plan for Marawi City that will in­clude one health cen­ter per barangay, one poly­clinic for ev­ery 100,000 pop­u­la­tion, one ly­ing-in fa­cil­ity for ev­ery 50,000 pop­u­la­tion, and one hospi­tal bed for ev­ery 800 pop­u­la­tion.

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