The Department of Health (DOH) has sought help from the World Health Organization (WHO) in supplying tent hospitals and mobile medical centers as a number of hospitals in areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan) are presently waterlogged.
Assistant Health Eric Tayag, in radio reports said that hospitals in Leyte were unable to provide urgent needed treatment services due to the strong winds and high-rise floods that have damaged hospitals some partially, others completely.
Tayag said that the DOH has also sent medical teams from Manila, medicines, medical supplies, water, sanitation, health kits, cot beds, among other supplies.
He also mentioned that telephone lines in Leyte were dead but the DOH will also be sending communication networks and satellite phones to Leyte.
There have been no reports yet on the status of health facilities there but Tayag expected to have at least a preliminary assessment later on.
He also assured the public that bodies of victims scattered in streets do not pose any health risks. The DOH has sent body bags and is organizing a mass burial for the fatalities.
Tayag also said the DOH called for volunteers to help in placing over 100 bodies in body bags. PNA