Probe of childrens’ deaths in Zambo shelters pushed

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Sen. Nancy Binay wants the Senate to investigate the deaths of children in evacuation centers in Zamboanga City, which she described as alarming.

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Binay filed Senate Resolution 566 urging the appropriate committee to hold an inquiry.

In her resolution, the senator cited reports that 88 displaced persons have died inside evacuation camps, 44 of them children below 5 years of age.

“The health of families, especially those of the vulnerable—children and the elderly—must be continuously monitored and evaluated by the authorities,” Binay said.

She also called on the authorities to be vigilant “as the health of the displaced persons is a paramount concern.”

The evacuees were rendered homeless after members of the Moro National Liberation Front stormed some barangays in Zamboanga City in September 2013. As of November 2013, data showed there were 14,467 cases of acute respiratory infection; 4,649 cases of fever; 3,136 cases of acute water diarrhea; 1,262 cases of skin diseases and 1,075 cases of high blood pressure. There were also 23 cases of dengue reported as of January 2014.

“This is an alarming trend, as many people continue to stay inside the camps,” Binay said.

According to the city health officer, diarrhea is the leading cause of the children’s deaths while acute gastroenteritis and other respiratory ailments such as pneumonia and asthma leading to cardiac arrest are the primary causes of adult deaths.

Around 20 persons aged 60 and above died while staying at the evacuations centers.

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  1. Warina Sushil A. Jukuy on

    Dignity for ALL; and Equal Protection for ALL include the IDPs of Zamboanga City. Thank you for remembering them, Senator Binay! Alhamdulillaah… thank you Sen Binay for taking action.

    However, we recommend that let there be also a probe about the burning of homes, marakez/madaris (Islamic Educational Centers) and masaajid (mosques) most especially in “NO RETURN AREAS” such as Rio Hondo and Mariki, areas that oddly no actual combat transpired between AFP and MNLF men; including alleged looting of homes by perpetrators along with violations of IHL and the deprivation of life, liberty and property without due process of law.