Respiratory infections among top 5 concerns for Taal evacuees — Duque

Masks are must-wear in ashfall ravaged areas.

MANILA, Philippines — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Saturday said that acute respiratory infection was among the top five conditions being observed at evacuation centers for victims of Taal Volcano’s eruption.

Medicines and medical personnel are enough to serve all that the evacuation centers, Duque said.

Duque said respiratory conditions is perfectly understandable due to the ashfall from Taal’s volcanic eruptions last Sunday, January 12, affecting thousands of families.

From the 950 consultations among evacuees, respiratory infections, hypertension, flu-like illnesses, diarrhea, and skin lesion are the top-five symptoms being observed by Department of Health’s (DOH’s) medical personnel.

However, Duque has assured the public that there is enough medicines and medical personnel in order to address the health needs of the evacuees. (Stacy Ang/IAMIGO/

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