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.
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.
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.