CHO continues to monitor health of visiting Lumads

THE CITY Health Office guaranteed that it will be looking into the health of the Lumads who are currently sheltered in the barangay covered courts this holiday season.

Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, CHO chief, said that at least three health workers are present in every shelter area which houses 500 Lumads. The personnel take eight-hour shifts and take turns with another team to ensure round-the-clock monitoring.

Villafuerte said the Lumads are currently housed in villages in villages in Pana-gata, Panyalum, and Malabog in Paquibato; Marahan; Datu Salumay; and Upper Kibalang and Tamugan in Marilog.

The office’s manpower is augmented by health workers from the barangays under the shelter areas.

Villafuerte said the Lumads during this time of the year are potentially vulnerable to cough, colds, and flu.

City Social Service and Development Office (CSSDO) chief Maria Luisa Bermudo said that as of Dec. 10, they have counted 3,200 families (or about 9,000 persons) in seven areas of the city.

Bermudo said about 80 percent of this number are Lumads who came from nearby cities outside of Davao like Compostela Valley, Surigao, Davao del Norte, Agusan, North Cotabato and Bukidnon.

From Dec. 7 to 21, activities have been continuously scheduled for the Lumads. These include tribal showcases, a beauty fair, medical check-ups and a pop-up wedding event. There are also games and gift giving activities during the event.

The wedding event, Bermudo said, has married at least 500 couples.

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