More evacuees die in Zamboanga

By Leizel Lacastesantos, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga

Posted at Jan 19 2014 07:05 PM | Updated as of Jan 20 2014 03:05 AM

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Four months after the Zamboanga City stand-off, the city's health office reported that at least 65 evacuees have died in evacuation centers because of common illnesses.

City health officer Dr Rodelin Agbulos said the victims died because of severe dehydration, common colds, asthma and hypertension.

"Most of the victims are children who are severely malnourished." he added.

Meanwhile, Agbulos also reported of 23 cases of dengue inside the Don Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex within this month.

But the city health office said it is doing its best to prevent the illnesses by improving the sanitation and cleanliness inside the evacuation centers.

Just recently, the office vaccinated children in Don Joaquin to protect them from illnesses.

The city health office will be spearheading a dengue clean-up on January 21 together with other stakeholders.

The local government of Zamboanga is also appealing to the evacuees to help maintain cleanliness in the grandstand to prevent the spread of dengue and other diseases.

"We expect a lot of viral infections, especially in crowded areas like in grandstand, for example, sore eyes and chicken pox. Good to know that we do not have measles," Agbulos said.

Thousands of evacuees are still staying at the grandstand after the bloody encounter between the followers of Nur Misuari and government forces last September.