Death toll among Marawi evacuees: 34; cholera monitored but no outbreak

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ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 10 July)  — Away from the war zone in Marawi City and supposedly safe from bullets and bombs, residents who sought refuge in evacuation centers or with their relatives outside Marawi are facing yet another danger where they are now: death from disease.

At least 34 Marawi evacuees have died in hospitals as of Saturday, the regional Health Secretary told MindaNews in an online interview on Sunday. He said the three recent cases involve children who died from pneumonia and sepsis. “Only nine deaths are due to diarrhea” following the mass evacuation due to the clashes between government forces and the Maute Group in Marawi City since May 23.

A boy scratches his head in one of the evacuation centers in iligan City in this photo taken Saturday, 08 July 2017. The evacuees are facing another kind of danger in congested evacuation centers: death from disease. The Department of Health and other volunteers have been attending to the health needs of evacuees. MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO

On the reported cases of cholera, Sinolinding said there is no outbreak but he  confirmed nine cases have been monitored in the evacuation sites — one in Saguiaran, two in Pantar, both in Lanao del Sur; two in Balo-i, two in Maria Cristina, 2 in Buru-un, Iligan City all in Lanao del Norte . “All are treated,” noted Sinolinding

He explained it cannot be declared an outbreak. “Since it is distributed and no abnormal spike in cases, it cannot be an oubreak,” Sinolinding added.

He said he wants to confirm if the nine cases came from the same barangay in Marawi before the mass evacuation.

The Department of Health and other volunteers have been attending to the health needs of the evacuees in their respective areas. (Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews)

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  1. G’day from Australioa

    The eva. centre death toll is now 54, and note this, from the local health authorities:

    “At least two in every 10 evacuees examined at several evacuation centers were found to have cholera ..”

    With a reported 40,000 evacuees, that suggests 80,000 cholera cases.

    Time to wake up, friends?

    You can make a clay cup or small pot, almost any clay with 5-10 percent chopped straw or grass, on a home fire. Pour all your water through that, and heat the pot on a fire after ever use. Boil all water. The pot traps the cholera bacteria. Good luck, all.

    We have had superb help here, in one of our free public hospitals (Royal Brisbane, from nurses and in particular from a lady managing the food, for whom nothing was too much trouble. Also from telecom online phone centre folk. Always polite. Sorry people here are often not. We will learn. Thanks, on behalf of all here.

    Peter Spencer Ravenscroft
    Geologist
    Ravenswood Wildlife Sanctuary (Google it if intertested) Closeburn Queensland)

    PS. The NOAA sea surface temperature maps give advance warning, days to months, of quake locations. Important for the Philippines? Info always free, get back igf intetrested. Phone Australia 617 3289 4470

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