Disease outbreak feared in Philippines after Haiyan

typhoonAs residents of central Philippines struggle to recover from the devastation caused by the fierce Typhoon Haiyan, there are growing concerns about disease outbreak.

The unimaginable destruction caused by Haiyan has led to mass displacement of people resulting in lack of clean water, lack of proper shelter, poor sanitation, and generally deplorable living conditions.

All these factors create a breeding ground for a host of life threatening infectious diseases including malaria, cholera, dengue fever, measles, typhoid fever, and dysentery.

medicsThis situation is further exacerbated by warm weather in the Philippines as most infectious diseases tend to spread easily in such climate.

Widespread diarrhea is another public health issue that has to be dealt with following a disaster like Haiyan.  What is even more worrisome, as the New York Times reports, is the re-emergence of diseases thought to have been eradicated in the Philippines.

According to the New York Times, even though Philippines was declared a polio free zone about 14 years ago, some doctors fear that polio might make a comeback due to deplorable conditions in the aftermath of Haiyan.

Meeting medical and other basic needs of survivors is proving to be a monumental task; despite all that is being done, several people in some of the hardest hit areas are yet to receive aid.  Medical teams from around the world are doing everything possible to prevent a post-disaster health crisis that could claim even more lives.

However, efforts to help as many people as possible are being hampered by looting because people are in a state of desperation for basic needs then there has been major collapse of basic infrastructure caused by super typhoon Haiyan.

Aid is coming in from the United States, United Kingdom, and other countries to help Haiyan survivors.

The following aid organizations are also involved in the relief efforts and their websites have instructions on how to donate; Doctors without borders, World Food Program, Red cross, Americares, World vision, Shelterbox, UNICEF, Salvation Army, Catholic relief services, CARE, Adventist Development and relief Agency, and Habitat for humanity