General Santos health officials train and prepare against AH1N1

May 21, 2009 2:41 am 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 20 – Public health practitioners here and from nearby Sarangani and South Cotabato provinces underwent a training seminar that will help boost their ability in dealing with the dreaded AH1N1 virus.

Dr. Mely Lastimoso of the City Health Office here said the training is part of preparations being undertaken against the fast spreading virus that has claimed many lives around the globe.

Citing health reports, Lastimoso said it is very necessary for all health practitioners to learn and be updated on the swine flu virus and for them to be prepared in dealing with it.

The training was held at in Alabel, the capital town of Sarangani province. Similar moves are being done in other parts of Region XII, Lastimoso added.

She, however, failed to specify what were discussed except to say that these geared toward ways to immediately prevent a possible spread of the virus once it is detected in the country.

Last week, isolation gears for personnel at the General Santos City Hospital arrived from the health department central office.

To date, health officials have yet to confirm an AH1N1 case in the country even as neighboring Asian countries, like Taiwan, Australia and Japan have confirmed cases of the deadly flu virus.

Lastimoso said the health department is doing the best it can to prevent the entry of the virus into the country by strictly adhering to internationally set rules and policies. (PNA) LAP/RGR/

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