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Thousands of Evacuees at Evacuation Centers in Batangas & Cavite Provinces Fall Ill, DOH Says

The Department of Health reported that around 4,000 evacuees at evacuation centers in Batangas and Cavite provinces have fallen ill.

On Wednesday (January 22, 2020), the Health Department reported that thousands of residents in Batangas, Cavite, and Tagaytay who leave their villages and take shelters in evacuation centers have fallen ill two weeks after Taal’s eruption.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that 3,773 evacuees had sought medical attention due to the congestion in the evacuation centers. Duque said that some of the evacuees suffered from common illnesses such as fever and colds.

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“These are common illnesses for which consultations were sought—fever, cough and colds,” Duque said.

Duque also said that the elderly also suffered from hypertension and diarrhea. Minor injuries due to volcanic ashes have been also recorded by DOH. The Health Department also start to immunize the evacuees especially the young children.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Taal’s activity continued to weaken but they do not recommend the residents to return home due to the high possibility of another eruption.

Evacuation Centers

If we lower the alert level, there are some who may return to their homes. But definitely, there will be others who should not return,” Maria Antonia Bornas, chief of Phivolcs said.

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