Amid the unfortunate situation with the ongoing battle between the Maute groups and the government troops in Marawi city, soldiers are faced with another opponent: diseases.
Twenty-five soldiers fighting in the war zone have fallen ill by numerous illnesses including dengue fever, typhoid, and diarrhea, as stated by the military’s Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) on Sunday.
Spokesman for the Armed Forces’ WestMinCom said that some soldiers possibly obtained dengue fever because mosquitos have taken over the place since the whole city had not been cleaned and this is also the reason why residents of Marawi City are still not allowed to return to their houses. Dead bodies of animals, garbage, human remains and others remain uncollected and unclean source of water are also some of the causes of the said diseases.
Petinglay said that the unwell soldiers were attended instantly by military doctors. She also added that what they are trying to emphasize is that situations like this could possibly happen to the residents as well and that they are avoiding the expansion of this epidemic range.
“There are dead dogs all over the area, so there is really a need for us to clean the city but as of now, we cannot clear because of the dangers of the stray bullet.” Petinglay said.
In coordination with the Department Health, the entire city will be cleansed and fogging will be conducted once cleared of the terrorists.
Anti-flu vaccines will be distributed to military troops to keep them and their food will be prepared carefully. Sufficient supplies of clean and potable water will also be sent to the soldiers to prevent them from diarrhea.
Petinglay also stated that the military is facing various sorts of problems especially now that they are close with victory chances, the fight is getting extreme and severe. She also encouraged residents whose houses are distant from the conflict zone to go home.
Brigade General Restituto Padilla, spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines assured that no additional troops will be sick.
There are at least two barangays consisting of 500 buildings are still into clearing by the military troops.
As of this posting, the number of the casualties on the government troops in the ongoing operations in Marawi City has reached 114 and 482 Maute members killed. Civilians killed reached the number of 45.