After the end of almost five months of siege laid by terrorists in Marawi City, the Department of Health (DOH) will give reinforcement to the operations of Amai Pakpak Medical Center, the only hospital in Marawi City that is open 24/7. The reinforcement will help the hospital to attend to Marawi residents who were previously displaced by the war and are now returning to their original homes.
In an article from northboundasia.com, Dr. Gloria Balboa, Director of DOH’s Health Emergency Management Bureau (HEMB) Operation Center, encouraged Marawi City’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to take the chance to avail the services of Amai Pakpak Hospital as the hospital has been declared safe and has not actually been closed. The hospital was closed for a short while but was reopened one month after the Maute terrorists laid siege to the city late of May.
Balboa said that patients of the hospital had to be sent to hospitals in neighboring areas of Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City, and some parts of Lanao del Sur to ensure their safety and security. In addition, DOH even signed an agreement with some private hospitals in the said areas so that displaced Marawi residents will receive the needed medical attention from the hospitals.
The Task Force Marawi, on the other hand, is also planning to boost the city’s health services particularly immunization against various illnesses; psychosocial interventions; and promote proper nutrition, sanitation and hygiene.