Gov’t hospitals offer free treatment to displaced families

By Anna Valmero

MANILA CITY, METRO MANILA—Displaced families in evacuation centers, especially those stricken with fever after wading in the floods, are encouraged to avail of the free medical treatment at all government hospitals in Metro Manila.

Diseases can easily spread in evacuation areas due to overcrowding and lack of access to health facilities, said Eduardo Janairo, director of the Department of Health (DOH) Center for Health Development in Metro Manila.

“Let us not be complacent, if someone has a fever, seek medical help immediately so that proper medicine will be provided and the illness will not spread among other evacuees,” said Janairo in a statement.

Fever is also among the common symptoms of leptospirosis, alongside muscle pain, headache, reddish eyes, and sometimes, yellowish body discoloration due to kidney failure.

The expenses for the medical treatment will be shouldered by the DOH as part of the “Kalusugang Pangkalahatan” Program earlier announced by health chief Dr. Enrique Ona.

Medicine will be provided to patients like paracetamol, amoxicillin, cotrimoxazole, lagundi, sambong and anti-leptospirosis (doxycycline) capsules. For pregnant women and children below eight years old, ampicillin capsules will be given instead of doxycyline.

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