MANILA, Philippines – Many evacuees in Bohol are getting sick due to the harsh conditions at evacuation centers, where a lot of them remain following the killer earthquake last Tuesday.
One earthquake victim, 52-year-old Andresa Dinoy of Barangay San Ramon, Sagbayan, went to the municipal hall in search of medicine after suffering from cough brought about by cold nights and hot mornings.
Even Dinoy’s months-old grandchild is also suffering from coughs, especially as their family is now staying in a small tent.
Dinoy was able to get medicine in the municipal hall, as the staff of a community hospital in Tagbilaran City arrived bearing relief goods and medicines, including antibiotics and vitamins.
The medical team of the Department of Health in Western Visayas will also so to Sagbayan on Sunday.
Dr. Rommel Garganera, the team leader of DOH Region 6, said they will build a medical center in Sagbayan where the evacuees can go for medical check-ups.
Garganera said Dinoy along with the hundreds of evacuees in the tent cities may end up suffering from pneumonia, coughs and other respiratory diseases, especially the elderly and the children. -- Report from Dexter Ganibe, DZMM