CHO Heightens Sanitation Drive In Relocation Site, Evac Centers

Cagayan de Oro City Health Office continue to serve 39 evacuation centers since Day 1 after storm Sendong hit the city of Cagayan de Oro. A total number of 3,849 affected families with a household reaching 16,954 family members have been given proper medical attention by its medical teams.

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CDO City Health Office through it’s dispatched medical teams of professional doctors and experienced nurses, worked together with barangay-based health personnels and other local and foreign donor partners to address urgent health needs of survivor families.

Treatment of injuries, consultations and provision of proper medications to affected families were common health services that were provided to the public in 39 evacuation centers and the relocation site of Calaanan.

Since Dec 19, 2011 up to present, CDO City Health Office has intensified the anti-leptospirosis campaigns in evacuation centers and around neighborhood of flooded areas in many barangays. A day and a month ago, beginning January 2, 2012, medical teams conducted house to house anti-leptospirosis campaign in 3 highly affected barangays of Macasandig, Carmen and Consolacion. This is to effectively combat the threat of possible spread of Leptospirosis that could cause loss of many lives. Distribution of anti-bacterial medicines to families were conducted in line with this campaign.

Proper sanitation, maintenance of hygiene and concrete practice of solid waste management were among health concerns highly promoted by doctors and nurses in these populated areas. People were encouraged to observe sanitation in bathing, cooking and washing. Cleanliness of comfort rooms, shower rooms and drainage maintenance were also constantly monitored. To insure concrete practice of solid waste segregation, garbage bins or drums, trash bags or sacks were distributed to families. Regular garbage collection were also maintained.

Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya, City Government Department Head II who also played a significant role in insuring efficient health service delivery during this time of crisis said, “Kami sa City Health Office naningkamot kanunay sa pagserbisyo sa atong libuan ka mga affected families. Apan gikinahanglan usab ang hustong kooperasyon gikan sa atong mga kaigsoonan. Kini pinaagi sa ilang kanunay nga pagmatngon sa ilang obligasyon sa pagmintinar sa kalimpyo pinaagi sa pagpakita og disiplina”.

Diha sa mga evacuation centers ug relocation site, adunay mga palisiya nga angayan tamdan sa tanan aron anaa ang kahapsay. Amo gayud silang gidasig nga dili usikan ang tubig nga gikan sa donasyon sa atong mga partners. Likayan ang pagkalat og basura o hugaw sa palibot. Angayan nga ampingan usab ang gi-donate nga public utilities sama sa portalets ug shower rooms agi og pagpakita sa atong pasalamat sa City Government ug local and foreign partners sa ilang dakong tabang “ added Dr. Teodolfu Joselito Retuya.

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Dr. Retuya also recognized the great support that many partners have extended to the city during this period of calamity. He made mention of the Department of Health (DOH), UNICEF, Xavier University, Pilipinas Shell and other private sectors, among others for being generous partners of CDO City Health Office in promoting health and well-being of affected families.

CHO attends health needs of Typhoon ‘Sendong’ victims

When typhoon Sendong with a storm signal No. 2 struck Cagayan de Oro City like lightning in the evening of December 16 and 17, 2011, a great devastation so frightening in dimension, misery and economic hardships fell on many residents of the city. Severely flooded barangays along the stretch of the city’s main river bank bore the brunt of destruction unsurpassed ever in the history of the city.

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With the onset of the widespread devastation in affected barangays, hardships due to environmental and economic displacement, misery and trauma from loss or separation from loved ones, friends, neighbors, destruction took its tool on the health of hundreds of affected families. Typhoon Sendong did not only wrought destruction to properties of residents, business institutions, private agencies and the local government alike, but it also summarily disturbed the peaceful lives residents used to lived and the peace of mind of every Kagay-anons who were directly affected by the flood or just bore witnessed of the tragedy.

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At the start of the calamity’s aftermath, City Health Office among other government offices became one of the many offices serving the public whose primary responsibility is to promote the general health and well being of the people was pushed to the forefront of relief and rehabilitation work for the thousands of flood survivors of Cagayan de Oro City.

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With great care and sensitivity, the City Health Office headed by City Health Officer Dr. Jerie Calingasan was up to its feet as it responded to the pressing health needs of affected families in evacuation centers and later on, in the relocation site of Calaanan- the “Tent City” where 364 families have already been provided temporary shelter at present time. The City Health Office provided its relief and rehabilitation services to as many survivors as it can. For one, it facilitated the deployment of medical teams of doctors and nurses in evacuation centers and in the “Tent City“. Through the medical teams proper diagnosis, urgent treatment and prevention of diseases ,illness and injury of survivors were attended to as needed.

The maintenance of proper sanitation in over populated evacuation centers and relocation site of Calaanan through orientation and actual practice of proper garbage disposal was vital. City Health Office ensured that people were taught in evacuation centers the basics of waste segregation. At the start of its relief operations, evacuation centers with inadequate or without comfort rooms were identified by the City Health Office and thus, recommended the use of portalets in these areas.

Providing the day-to-day steady supply of safe and clean potable water to evacuation centers and “Tent City” came pouring in as support from several generous multi–national corporation donors like Del Monte Philippines, Nestle Corporation and Philippine Center Corporation among others, was also overseen by City Health Office. To prevent an eventual spread of bacteria in flooded communities, anti-bacterial medicines were distributed house to house in many barangays to ensure control of the dreaded leptospirosis.

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As part of its collaborative work with other departments, it regularly submits update report to the Department of Health (DOH) on the state of health of thousands of survivors. At present, in the midst of great wanting , City Health Office continue to do its share of responsibility in promoting the general health and well-being of survivors once stricken by the tragedy, but now hopeful and ready to rise up once again to rebuild their lives.
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