Contrary to the grave representation of the City Health Office (CHO), the regional health office described the sanitation situation of the Lumads in the UCCP Haran as ‘manageable’.
This after the team of Department of Health XI regional director Abdullah Dumama conducted an inspection in the area Thursday.
“Pagdating ko doon, I didn’t expect that kasi lumalabas na napakasobra na. Though merong water and sanitation problem but manageable na man,” said Dumama.
(I did not expect the situation when I arrived there because what I know it was worse. Though there are water and sanitation problem, but it is manageable.)
Because of this, the office is set to put up six additional comfort rooms and six more bathrooms for the settlers.
“Sa ngayon ready na ang ating mga gamit pero maaaring mga next week sisimulan yung anim na bowls para gamitin sa CR (comfort rooms) tapos yung mga gamit pina-emergency purchase na namin sa DRMC (Davao Regional Medical Center),” he said.
(For now, our materials are ready and we can start mounting the six bowls for the comfort rooms while the rest, we already requested the DRMC to purchase it.)
In order to prevent the possible spread of diseases, the DOH also coordinated with DRMC for the fumigation schedule of the compound but permission from the chieftain and the compound caretakers must first be sought.
The DOH also provides medical services to the Lumads every Tuesday and Friday to be administered by the medical teams from the health office and the DRMC respectively.
Aside from that, he said that Lumads who needs immediate care and attention can be referred to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and their financial obligations to the hospital will be shouldered by PhilHealth.
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