With the absence of enough food and water in typhoon ‘Yolanda’-stricken areas, a health official on Friday said that some survivors lived on coconut juice.

“One of the impressions is that there was total absence of food and water. Some victims survived on coconut juice,” Health Undersecretary Janette Garin said in a TV interview.

Coconut juice, according to the health book, Coconut Cures: Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems with Coconut written by Bruce Fife, has long been known for its “therapeutic effect on the urinary and reproductive systems”.

The book also explained that in other countries like India, coconut juice is considered “a nutritious wholesome beverage with many medicinal properties”.

It reduces problems for infants suffering from intestinal disturbances, an effective oral rehydration medium, contains organic compounds possessing growth-promoting properties, kills intestinal worms among others.

Centers of coconut production in the Philippines are in the Southern Tagalog and Bicol regions of Luzon and the Eastern Visayas but Western Mindanao and Southern Mindanao have also became coconut-growing regions.

Garin left for Tacloban last Saturday and has been there to assess the typhoon devastated area and help manage medical assistance.

On Friday, Health Secretary, Enrique Ona has also immediately instructed Garin for the deployment of water filtration systems. PNA