More evacuees can now be accommodated with immediate basic, preventive, and health care emergency treatment and medical supplies.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) set up a basic health care unit (BHCU) in Balo-i Lanao del Norte to operate in the area. This emergency medical unit can serve up to 3,000 evacuees and patients for one month. It has 20 cot beds for patients mainly for observations and monitoring by PRC’s volunteer health care professionals.
“The health of our people is our main concern. Through this health care unit, we can serve thousands of individuals, giving them basic supply of medicines, consultations, and other health related concerns. Our Red Cross staff and volunteers will never falter in helping our brothers and sisters in Mindanao,” said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.
Concentrating on the health needs of the evacuees, medical consultations for children, pregnant women, and elderly, minor surgical cases, and normal spontaneous delivery for uncomplicated pregnancy can be accommodated instantly. Basic medicines supply are also in place for the evacuees who will need it.
Along with the BHCU is the mobilization of PRC ambulance in case of further assistance. To date, thousand are still staying in several evacuation centers.