DOH extends P3-M worth of drugs, medical supplies for quake victims

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The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday provided P3 million worth of assorted medicines and medical supplies for Cebu and Bohol for the post-quake relief operations in these most affected Visayan provinces.

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The amount includes cot beds, family tents, jerry cans, and hygiene kits, the DOH said in a statement.

Though majority of hospitals were damaged, the DOH assured that these remain functional and operational except Bohol’s Cong. Natalio P. Castillo Sr. Memorial Hospital, which totally collapsed.

The Cebu City Medical Center was, meanwhile, declared structurally unsafe for occupancy by its own engineer.

Six other public and private hospitals in Cebu suffered minor damages and have resumed normal operations. In Bohol, two public hospitals also reported minor damages. Both have resumed normal operations.

The DOH confirmed 182 injured and 12 deaths in Cebu, 181 injured and 146 deaths in Bohol, and no injured but one death in Siquijor as of Wednesday (Oct 16). This brings the total to 363 injured and 159 deaths.

Five medical/surgical teams were sent to Bohol composed of three trauma teams with orthopedic and general surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses from the East Avenue Medical Center and the Quirino Memorial Medical Center. The psycho-social team of psychologists and nurses were also sent by the National Center for Mental Health to aid medical operations.

The DOH Center for Health Development in Tacloban also deployed a medical team to Central Visayas which include seven doctors, two anesthesiologists, two surgeons, a family medicine doctor, a psychiatrist, a toxicologist, an engineer, two nurses, and five support staff.

The agency sent two general surgeons and two orthopedic surgeons to assess the medical condition of some 60 patients in the isolated Loon town in Bohol, due to a damaged bridge.

Sixteen patients were recommended to be transferred to the Celestino J. Gallares Memorial Medical Center. PNA

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