• DOH utilizes over P92M for health initiatives in typhoon affected areas of E. Visayas

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    TACLOBAN CITY: The Department of Health (DOH) has already utilized some P92.627 million for the provision of various health initiatives in typhoon-hit areas of Eastern Visayas, according to Dr. Paula Paz Sydiongco, DOH assistant regional director here.

    In her report during Monday’s coordination meeting at the Leyte Sports Academy command center, she disclosed that P63.2 million of the funds were shelled out by their central office; P21 million by various regional health offices; P6 million from donations and P3 million from the regional hospital logistics in the region.

    As of December 1, Sydiongco reported some 43,604 individuals have sought medical consultations in health facilities established in various affected sites; 4,548 were provided with measles vaccination; 4,647 with oral polio vaccine (OPV) and 8,277 tetanus toxoid vaccination.

    She added that immunization effort in Tacloban City is almost done and they are moving to other areas in Leyte. The DOH in partnership with international donors target to complete the immunization in typhoon-affected areas before the year ends.

    The World Health Organization is also looking for nurses who are interested to help in the immunization program to be paid P1,500 for a 10-day contract.

    Meantime, some 3,536 children have been nutritionally assessed and 5,129 were given Vitamin A supplementation.

    Hygiene kits were also extended to 60,732 families; 20 big water containers were also distributed; 374 units of portable toilets installed and 45 areas visited for water testing and treatment.

    Around 2,986 individuals have availed of the mental health program of the department that include counseling and debriefing, among others.

    On disease surveillance, 14 leptospirosis cases with one death and 12 tetanus cases with two deaths were recorded.

    On Monday, health promotion buses have started conducting health education to various evacuation centers in Tacloban, she said. PNA

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