DOH on code ‘White Alert’ for TS ‘Carina’

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) said on Sunday it has raised its alert status to code “White Alert” since July 29 as part of its preparation for any eventualities that maybe caused by tropical storm “Carina.”

Code “White Alert” refers to the readiness of hospital manpower like general and orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists, operating room nurses, ophthalmologists and otorhinolaryngologists to respond to any emergency situation.

Also during code “White Alert,” emergency service, nursing and administrative personnel residing at the hospital dormitory shall be placed on an on-call status for immediate mobilization.

This code also ensures that Health Emergency Management Staff Operations Centers will be on 24-hour duty on the said dates to monitor any health-related events that may need immediate health intervention.

Aside from raising code “White Alert,” DOH Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial said they also issued alert memorandums to all regional offices on preparations regarding weather disturbances, like pre-positioning of medicines and supplies, and preparation of stand-by response teams.

She added that they continue close coordination with other regional health offices to monitor and respond to any untoward incidents in relation to storm “Carina” or any other possible natural and man-made disasters that can affect the people’s health conditions.

A total of 105,838,805.19 logistical supports have been readied by the DOH for possible victims of the storm.

Of these, 4,934,863.09 are available in Regions I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, VII, VIII, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Also, the amount of PHP100,903,942.10 is available at the DOH Central Office as standby funds. Leilani Junio/ PNA/ northboundasia.com