By MARK FRANCISCO
THE number of soldiers and police officers wounded in Marawi City have reached more than 400.
In an interview last Monday with this writer, Camp Evangelista Station Hospital head Col. Jonna Dalaguit said that only 77 are currently confined at her hospital though.
The rest are either confined in three other hospitals in Cagayan de Oro City or are outpatients.
“Some who only have minor wounds opt to go back to their unit, to serve again in Marawi,” Dalaguit said.
The wounded soldiers and police officers came from the 1st Infantry Division, the 52nd Mechanized Company, the Philippine Marines, the Special Operations Command, the Field Artillery Battalion, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF).
Dalaguit said that although the nearest hospitals from Marawi City are located in Iligan City, the wounded were brought to Cagayan de Oro City because of better medical facilities here.
For instance, Camp Evangelista Station Hospital has 100 beds and has enough surgeons, orthopaedic physicians, anesthesiologists and nurses here compared to the public and private hospitals in Iligan City.
“The wounded are either airlifted or being brought in military ambulances,” Dalaguit said.
Dalaguit’s medical personnel also monitor the health conditions of all patients in the three other hospitals in Cagayan de Oro City even though they are being treated by civilian doctors.
The Camp Evangelista Station Hospital team is being augmented by medical personnel flown in from the AFP Medical Center and the Philippine Army General Hospital.
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