DOH orients N. Samar on A (H1N1) virus

May 22, 2009 9:44 pm 

Catarman, Northern Samar, May 22 – The Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health VIII has conducted orientation activities on how to prevent and control the Influenza A (H1NI) virus.

The event was held at the Catarman Bus Terminal Building and attended by public health nurses, municipal and provincial health officers, employees, representatives from the Provincial Disaster Management Office, and other health workers.

Dr. Raita Tamaki, a Japanese health expert told the participants that the new Human Influenza A (H1N1) was a very dangerous virus.

He said that Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) lacked medicines and incomplete equipments to fight and detect the virus.

Meanwhile, Boyd Roderick Cerro, regional epidemiology nurse, discussed topics about “Infection Control Measures to Protect Hospital and Community”, while Dr. Antonio Bautista, regional epidemiologist, tackled the “Interim Guidance for the Surveillance of the Human Influenza A (H1N1).

Earlier, the provincial health office (PHO) and the provincial Agriculture and Veterinary Office (PAVO) said they were prepared for the onset of the said virus.

The health advisory issued by the Department of Health (DOH) had been distributed to various offices, towns and barangays all over the provinces, Lucban said

On the other hand, , Dr. Jose Luis Acompaniado said the health department had placed under close surveillance the piggeries inSan Isidro and Catarman towns. Included also in the surveillance are the public markets and slaughter houses in the province. (PNA)



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