(Metro News) MMDA wants anti-flu vaccine for 12,000 employees

June 23, 2009 8:10 am 

MANILA, June 23 — With two of its employees confirmed to have contracted the Influenza A/H1N1 virus while 12 others are placed in quarantine, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) officials are planning to vaccinate 12,000-plus personnel of the agency, even as it assured the public of an unhampered operations with safety measures in place.

MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando said he is coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) for the flu vaccination as well as for safety measures for the agency's workforce.

“Hindi maapektuhan ang operasyon ng MMDA at ang kalusugan ng aming 12,000 pang ibang personnel sa pangyayaring ito at nakikipag-ugnayan na kami sa DOH upang mabigyan ng anti-flu vaccine ang lahat ng aming mga kawani (The sickness will not affect MMDA’s operations as well as the health of the 12,000 employees because of this virus. Right now we are coordinating with the DOH for the flu vaccines),” Fernando said.

The MMDA has also started dispensing alcohol and Vitamin C tablets to its employees while hand sanitizers were also seen at the agency's fingerprint and scanning area for its workers and visitors.

Fernando said they have also started disinfecting offices at the agency's main office in Guadalupe, Makati to ensure the safety of its workers.

At the same time, he said there is no new A/H1N1 cases reported including the 12 personnel of the agency's parking discipline group who have contacted their two colleagues with the mutant virus. They are now confined at the San Lazaro Hospital.

The 12 employees were told to undergo self-quarantine for 10 days, he said.

The official also appealed to the rest of MMDA employees not to panic, saying that the case has been classified by health authorities as “mild.”

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