DULJO FIRE: Victims suffer gastro-respiratory illnesses

By: Nestle L. Semilla December 04,2016 - 10:27 PM
: Duljo fire victims stay inside a classroom at the San Nicolas Elementary School and are getting sick. The Cebu City government is setting up a clinic at the evacuation center today (CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON).

: Duljo fire victims stay inside a classroom at the San Nicolas Elementary School and are getting sick. The Cebu City government is setting up a clinic at the evacuation center today (CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON).

Many Duljo fire victims are now suffering from respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses, especially the children.

Parents are worried that it will spread because there are at least 30 of them occupying one classroom and viruses easily spread in crowded areas.

Evangeline Aluba, 27, said her children aged two and four, had diarrhea since Saturday.

“Gikalibanga ang mga gagmay. Naa pud mga dagko kay gipang ubo, sip-on, hilanat (The younger ones suffered from diarrhea while the adults suffered from cough and colds),” Aluba said.

Another fire victim, Jennifer Viodor, 29, said her son had high fever, cough and colds for two days now. She brought him to the Barangay Health Center (BHC).

Medical Aid

Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CCDRRMO) head Nagiel Bañacia said doctors from the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) will be deployed at the evacuation centers today and medicines from Cebu City Health Department (CHD) will be distributed.

The city government will put up a medical clinic today.

“We conducted a survey specifically on their physical condition and most of them had health concerns,” Bañacia said.

Financial assistance

Meanwhile, Cebu City Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS) head Lea Japson said Mayor Tomas Osmeña already signed an Executive Order (EO) for the release of financial assistance for the fire victims.

Japson said house owners, renters or sharers whether their houses were totally or partially burned will receive P20,000 financial aid.

Owners of houses which were only slightly burned will get P10,000 cash assistance.
Japson said the city will also give housing materials for the house owners as soon as the site of the fire is cleared.

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