No to mass burial of 'Pablo' victims - DOH

Posted at 12/06/12 5:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday said a decent burial should be given to the victims of typhoon “Pablo”.

DOH spokesman Eric Tayag said mass burial is discouraged, noting that the family of the victims should be given ample time to mourn the death of their loved ones.

“It doesn’t have to be mass burial because this does not give the bereaved a chance to identify their dead relatives or loved ones…It is important that there is a period of bereavement,” he told ANC’s “The Bureau”.

“We want a decent burial, one that is practical and can be done easily and that which will not entail so much cost for local government,” he added.

Tayag also said the DOH wants to allay fears of the public that unburied corpses pose health risks.

He said the DOH has distributed body bags to the affected areas.

“They can put them in body bags that we are trying to distribute or makeshift coffins so that there can be proper burial,” he said.

Evacuation centers

With more than a hundred thousand people staying in evacuation centers across Visayas and Mindanao, health officials are on the lookout for possible outbreaks of diseases.

Tayag said the most likely outbreak that may occur will be due to diarrhea.

He advised local officials to provide clean, potable water and monitor proper waste disposal to prevent an outbreak.

He also encouraged mothers in the evacuation centers to breast feed, as it could prevent diseases in newborn and infants.