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DOH Calabarzon deploys medical emergency teams after Taal Volcano eruption

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) in Calabarzon has deployed health emergency personnel, provincial health teams, and mental health teams to areas in Batangas, even as it placed all health facilities in the region on full alert following the eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas on Sunday, January 12.

This means that all DOH facilities should be ready to provide medical help for people with traumatic injuries, burns, suffocation, skin diseases, eye injuries, conjunctivitis, and respiratory problems. 

DOH Calabarzon is also monitoring possible fatalities after heavy volcanic ashfall in areas close to the volcano.

In a media release on Monday, January 13, the DOH Calabarzon said it would also distribute free N95 face masks to residents in high-risk areas. 

Batangas has been placed under state of calamity on Monday. 

Calabarzon region is comprised of the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon, and the highly urbanized city, Lucena.

DOH Calabarzon regional director Eduardo Janairo reminded affected people with existing health conditions like emphysema, asthma, and bronchitis who have been exposed to ashfall to immediately seek medical help. (READ: How to stay safe during volcanic ashfall)

Volcanic ashfall is a major health hazard that follows volcanic eruption. It may cause eye, nose, and throat irritation and lead to difficulty in breathing, coughing, bronchitis-like illnesses and minor skin problems.

Janairo further advised the public to:

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has raised Taal Volcano's status to Alert Level 4. It also warned that a "hazardous" eruption may occur "within hours to days.” 

As of this posting, ashfall has spread to Calabarzon and even Metro Manila, prompting local executives to suspend classes and government to suspend work.  

As of 12 noon Monday, January 13, a total of 5,458 families or 24,508 people are reported to be taking shelter in 75 evacuation centers in Batangas, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).  

The NDRRMC said that aside from N95 masks, the DOH has also provided collapsible jerry cans (for water storage), eye drops, and water disinfectants for victims of the eruption. – Rappler.com