Department of Health provides
assistance to Batangas quake victims
MANILA, April 10 (PNA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said
it delivered immediate initial response for the effects and other possible
outcomes of the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck Mabini, Batangas on
"In terms of logistic support, this was provided immediately and many of the
supplies and logistics arrived yesterday (April 9)," said DOH Secretary Dr.
Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial in a press briefing held at DOH media relations
Ubial said included in the assistance provided were 50 tents amounting to
PHP644,000 for the Batangas Medical Center and local government unit
These tents were used to patients who were evacuated after the Mabini
General Hospital was ordered closed upon sustaining major damages and was
recommended to undergo first some assessments in terms of structural
The said hospital also converted its conference hall at the groundfloor as
temporary ICU (intensive care unit).
"So far in the initial assessments, there are no other serious damages and
casualties that resulted except for some DOH hospital facilities," Ubial
Aside from Mabini General Hospital, the two other hospitals that sustained
damages are the Batangas Medical Center in Batangas City and Bay District
The DOH chief said that these hospitals incurred minor damages but are both
open and functional now.
She added that DOH Regional Office in CALABARZON is still assessing the
extent of damages and on-going health effects created by the quake.
In addition, she said that other assistance for the CALABARZON region
consists of drugs and medicines.
The amount of assistance for Batangas Province alone amounted PHP1.2