Department of Health Center for Health Development – National Capital Region Regional today announced a Code Blue Alert in all government hospitals and health facilities in Metro Manila following the “continuing inclement weather brought about by southwest monsoon (habagat)” as announced by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAG-ASA).
“We have raised the alert “Code Blue Alert” due to the series of flooding in various areas of the region and the rising number of affected residents due to the continuous downfall of heavy rains. Community Health Teams (CHTs) will be visiting LGUs to provide medical assistance to residents affected by flood. Leptospirosis prophylaxis will also be given to residents in evacuation centers to avert possible spread of leptospirosis in the area.” Said DOH-NCR Director Eduardo C. Janairo.
“The CHD – Special Medical Action Response Team (S.M.A.R.T.) and the Regional Health Emergency Management Service (RHEMS) will be coordinating with PAGASA, NDRRMC, and various local government units to continue providing support and alerting affected LGUs.” Dr. Janairo added.
During a Code Blue alert, medical personnel will be on 24-hour duty. Hospitals and community health units are prepared to accept an influx of casualties. Medicines and medical supplies are also ready to be distributed to affected residents. DOH operation centers (DOH-OPCEN) will also be operating on a 24/7 basis. Close coordination with local government units, emergency and disaster units and also with the Armed Forces are being effected to handle possible calamities.
“I strongly advise residents of affected areas, especially those already submerged in floods to coordinate with your respective LGUs and evacuate immediately for their safety and that of their family. Let us all make our lives our priority during this time of calamity,” Director Janairo said.