By Glen S. Ramos
VIGAN, Ilocos Sur — The Department of Health-Ilocos Region deployed medical teams from the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC) and Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH & MC) to provide medical assistance to residents affected by the strong earthquake that hit many parts of NOrthern Luzon on Wednesday, 27 July 2022.
Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco said that assorted medicines and supplies including hygiene kits were turned-over yesterday (Thursday) to the Ilocos Sur provincial government to be distributed to the affected communities.
“Nagbigay din po tayo ng mga emergency supplies gaya ng ng folding beds, water containers, mga alcohol at aquatabs na ilalagay sa mga tubig galing poso upang maging malinis ito sa mga mikrobyo at maaring inumin.”
Around 100 thousand worth of medicines and supplies were given by the regional office.
“So far, our three (3) retained hospitals – ITRMC, MMMH & MC, and Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC) were spared from any major damage and are fully operational 24/7 to cater to individuals needing medical assistance,” she stated.
“We are continuously monitoring everything and making sure that medical assistance is adequate. All our provincial DOH offices are in coordination with the local government units, district hospitals to provide for any additional assistance or medical services.”
In Ilocos region, the provinces of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte were among the areas badly hit by the 7.3 magnitude earthquake, as measured by the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Wednesday at around 8:43AM.
Sydiongco cautioned residents to stay on alert for aftershocks and advised families living near the coastal waters to temporarily evacuate as the threat of a tsunami is still present after an earthquake with this magnitude.
“Patuloy po tayong mag-ingat at umiwas para po sa ating kaligtasan,” she strongly reminded. (ai/mtvn)
(L-R) DOH-Ilocos Region Health Emergency Management Service, Coordinator Rick Jenssen C. Mateo, Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco, and Ilocos Sur DOH Provincial Officer John C. Foz, inspect the medical supplies loaded into pails before being turned-over to the provincial government of Ilocos Sur for the use of residents affected by the recent earthquake disaster.