VIGAN City — The Department of Health (DOH), led by Assistant Secretary for Field Implementation and Coordination Team (FICT) National Capital Region and Luzon Nestor F. Santiago together with Ilocos Center for Health Development Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco and local government officials of Ilocos Sur visited health facilities in the region to assess the extent of damages caused by the 7.0 earthquake and its aftershocks which is still affecting many parts of North Luzon.
“We have to personally evaluate the damage caused by the earthquake to our health facilities including LGU-managed hospitals in order to provide the necessary assistance. Meron po tayong Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) that can take care kung malaki ang damage sa facility para mabigyan ng appropriate funding sa pagsasaayos nito.” Asec. Santiago stated during his visit.
“Kailangang matiyak nating ligtas gamitin ang mga ito at ligtas din ang ating mga health workers at mga pasyente na syang gagamit sa mga ito para maiwasan natin ang anumang sakunang maaring mangyari lalo na at patuloy pa rin tayong nakakaramdam ng mga malalakas na aftershock.”
He further commended the efforts of the local government of Ilocos Sur for their timely response during the rescue operations after the incident.
According to the July 31, 2022 Regional Health Emergency Management Staff Operations Center Earthquake Incident Report, there were 45 damaged health facilities, 2,676 families and 10,740 individuals were displaced. A total of 128 persons were injured including 124 in OPD, 3 admissions and 1 death.
There were 39 evacuations established by various local governments affected by the earthquake.
Meanwhile, Regional Director Sydiongco said that additional medicines and supplies were given to Ilocos Sur to augment the supply of the province.
“Patuloy pa rin pong nakaantabay ang regional office sa anumang pangangailangang medikal ng ating mga local na pamahalaan upang lahat ay maagap nating matugunan,” she concluded. (ai/mtvn)