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Philippines : DOH preparations for Yolanda.

According to Health Secretary Enrique Ona, around P15 million worth of assorted drugs and medicines, medical supplies, water and sanitation for health kits, cot beds, family tents, and other emergency supplies are available in Department of Health s regional offices in areas that is being battered by typhoon Yolanda.

These regional offices are Centers for Health Development VI (Western Visayas), VII (Central Visayas), and VIII (Eastern Visayas), including DOH Manila central office.

Ona has also activated Code Blue in all regions, meaning medical personnel in the regional offices will go on 24-hour duty. He also instructed hospitals to be on Code White, meaning hospitals should be ready with standby response teams.

The DOH Health Emergency Management Service in the Central Office will also go on 24/7 with the following contact numbers:

Hotline: 711-1001, 711-1002

Trunkline : 734-83-01, local 2206, 101

Weather updates will be continuously monitored and close coordination with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Committee and local government units will be done for the appropriate response to this calamity, the health chief concluded.

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Date:Nov 9, 2013
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