VP de Castro, Sec. Duque fly to Iloilo to assess health situation
U.S. AID: Senator Mar Roxas (second from left) welcomes United States troops aiding in relief efforts for the provinces in the Western Visayas, which was hardest hit by typhoon “Frank.” The Senator is active in relief and rehabilitation efforts in Aklan, Capiz, Antique and Iloilo, and has discussed with local officials short-term and long-term plans for the provinces to recover. With Roxas is (left) Vice-President Noli De Castro
Lt. Col. Oscar Lasangue, the civil relations commander of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
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Manila (24 June) -- Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III, with Vice-President Noli de Castro, flew to Iloilo early to assess the health situation in the provinces and determine the extent of damages caused by typhoon 'Frank".
Latest update from the Department of Health (DOH) revealed that the Western Visayas region was the most affected by "Frank" in the country.
According to Duque, Saday municipality in Negros Occidental experienced a tornado resulting to 16 totally-damaged houses and 83 partially-damaged ones.
In Iloilo, barangays Simon, San Roque, and Iping were flooded, a dam in the municipality of San Miguel was heavily damaged. Likewise, bridges in Cabatuan and Maasim were also heavily damaged. Kamandag Elementary School in the municipality of Leon was damaged due to landslide.
In the province of Antique, Sibalum municipality was hit by a flashflood, Antique to Iloilo road was closed. Most of the evacuees were staying in churches.
Duque added that in Guimaras, two still unidentified persons were missing and five pump boats were damaged. Aniway District Hospital and Federico Roman Tirador Hospital were flooded. Patients in the said hospitals were transferred to the Labunan District Hospital.
The health chief reported that drugs, medicines, and other supplies worth P471, 437.55 were sent by the DOH central office to Western Visayas to augment the supplies of the province. On the other hand, the DOH regional office in Western Visayas distributed medicines, oral rehydration solution, and compact foods in evacuation centers.
The DOH Western Visayas team is continuously monitoring the situation. A 24-hour operations center was activated and regular updates are sent to the DOH central office and to the National Disaster Coordinating Council.
In Metro Manila, 2,603 families were relocated in 22 evacuation centers as a result of flooding brought about by typhoon 'Frank'. A rapid health assessment and surveillance was immediately conducted. A regional disaster and response plan, alongside retained regional hospital disaster and response plan, were activated.
The DOH Center for Health Development in Metro Manila also prepared and distributed health advisories on communicable diseases to affected barangays. (PIA-MMIO)