Bohol docs not left out after 'Yolanda'

Posted at 02/04/14 8:03 PM

MANILA - Four months after the earthquake in Bohol, doctors who responded to the crisis told the media they did not feel left out when the attention was diverted to victims of super typhoon Yolanda.

Bohol Medical Society president Dr. Maria Grace Araneta said the government did what was supposed to be done at the right time with the help of the private sector and the church.

"Hindi namin na feel na naiwan kami kasi na-address na yung problem," Araneta said over Skype.

Araneta said that since December, authorities have been in the rehabilitation phase of the response to the Bohol earthquake.

This is after local doctors focused on emergency response including giving tetanus prophylaxis, wound dressing administered by surgeona, managing/treating patients as a whole by giving diabetic and hypertensive maintenance medicine supply for 2 months.

Angelito Lechago, board member of the Philippine College of Physicians-Bohol chapter, said they attribute Bohol's emergency response success to the coordinated efforts of government and the private sector including non-government organizations, groups and associations.

Araneta said that at this point, they are now conducting surveillance courtesy of local health systems to see if there are still any people whose wounds need treatment. They are also guarding against the possible spread of viruses.

Lechago said the rehabilitation phase is now ongoing, bridges have been restored and there is now easier access to far flung areas. He, however, admitted that they need more doctors who are willing to go to these areas.