The Department of Health (DOH) has set-up a unified command center to receive reports and deploy health personnel amidst the ongoing Marawi conflict.

Health workers coming from Northern Mindanao (Region X) and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) contribute in reporting and cooperate in sending composite teams to ensure that no disease outbreaks and secondary health-related emergencies occur while the conflict is ongoing.

The health personnel are all hosted in what DOH has called a unified command center in Iligan City, an hour away from Marawi City.

IDPs who fled to evacuation centres reached their 4th week of stay, with about 20 percent of the total 200,000 residents from Marawi holed up in these cramped spaces, according to Sun Star.

“Continuous consultations are held in evacuation centres and health facilities including village health stations, rural health units and hospitals,” said the DOH in a press statement.

As of June 20, the 29th day since the conflict started, about 26,690 individuals have since received treatment.

DOH noted that IDPs were mostly exposed to respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases due to their present living conditions. In a previous report, hypertension was also a significant complaint.

About 2,351 individuals have sought medical attention in Lanao Del Sur and Lanao Del Norte hospitals, with 368 still confined at health facilities, while the rest received outpatient treatment.

Twenty four deaths have been recorded, mostly caused by respiratory illness, then gastrointestinal conditions.

The Saguiaran Rural Health Unit was converted into an Emergency Field Hospital for IDPs to have faster access to services.

The Amai Pakpak Medical Center, meanwhile, was back in operation and has been accepting patients referred from evacuation centres and nearby hospitals, according to DOH.

DOH is taking steps to restore routine health services and programmes in the area. MIMS

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