The Department of Health (DOH) today reported that approximately P 1.4 billion will be needed to repair health facilities damaged by typhoon Yolanda to prevent spread of diseases, including maintenance medications for hypertension, heart diseases, and diabetes.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona disclosed that 432 health facilities were damaged in MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas. Mostly damaged were barangay health stations (296), rural health units (97), hospitals (38) and the DOH Eastern Visayas regional office. Total damages were estimated at P1.17 billion.
As of November 27, number of consultations in all affected regions now reached 70,056 with 2,794 admitted to different health facilities. The top five consultations were trauma/typhoon-related injuries, respiratory tract infection, acute gastroenteritis, hypertension and diabetes, and skin diseases. About 835 patients from Tacloban were referred either in Cebu or Manila.
So far, there were 172 medical/public health teams deployed in the affected regions- 86 from the DOH, 63 foreign teams and numerous non-government organizations.
To address the public health needs of children, the DOH together with the World Health Organization has started its expanded program on immunization against polio and measles, vitamin A and micronutrient supplementation, oral rehydration salts and zinc syrup.
For pregnant mothers, about 4,000 emergency delivery kits and iron supplementation for pregnant and post-partum women will be needed.
Mosquito control to prevent dengue and chikungunya will require cycles of insecticide spraying in evacuation centers and the distribution of insecticide-treated nets I among displaced families. Also, about P 17.6M will be needed as maintenance medications for hypertension, diabetes, and heart diseases.
About P 29M will also be needed to vaccinate senior citizens against influenza and pneumococcal disease, while another P 6.48M will be for essential medicines and supplies for primary care.
“Rest assured that the government is doing everything to bring back normalcy and that the present condition in all affected areas is only temporary,” Ona said. PNA