The clashes deployed at least 6,000 villagers.
The team, headed by Dr. Moises Renan Sungcad, left early Tuesday morning for Midsayap.
According to Acting Provincial Health Officer Dr. Rodrigo Escudero, a total of 117 evacuees temporarily sheltered at Lower Glad Barangay Hall and Lower Flauta Elementary School underwent medical check-up and were given medicines. Most complained of diarrhea, toothache, headaches, fever, cough, urinary tract infection, chest pain and muscle pain.
Working with the IPHO team, the Midsayap Rural Health Unit Medical Team also provided measles immunization to children aged 9 months to a year old. Pregnant women at the evacuation centers were also given pre-natal check-up and iron supplementation.
The evacuees, numbering 1,038 family heads with 4,927 dependents were forced to flee their homes in Barangays Rangaban, Tugal, Mudseng, Kapinpilan, Nes, Salunayan, and Tumbras after MILF forces and Bantay Bayan militiamen exchanged gunfire at Sitio Tabobo, Brgy. Rangaban at around 5 o’clock in the afternoon January 25.
Land conflict had been pointed as the reason for the encounter.
According to Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Zaida Jubilan Rinsulat, the displaced residents are temporarily housed in evacuation centers at Crossing Tumbras, Rice Mill, Lower Glad, Nabalawag Elementary School, Mosanip compound in Salunayan, and at the Dilangalen Session Hall.
As of now, evacuees still need water containers, tarpaulins, blankets, mats, and kitchen utensils.