Calamba City creates task force for Ebola Virus Disease

December 17, 2014 11:04 pm 

By Zen Trinidad and Robert Maico

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, Dec. 17, 2014 (PNA)- The City Health Office of Calamba headed by Dr. Adelino Labro, M.D., organized a task force for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and trained key personnel on December 15 and 16, 2014 at the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Conference Room of the New City Hall Building this city.

Dr. Labro said that last week of November 2014 , the city health staff attended a seminar organized by the Department of Health (DOH) regarding the various diseases, the latest of which is the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Personnel from Calamba Doctors Hospital were the first to undergo formal training at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine of the DOH.

The City Health Office then decided to form a task force composed of hospital staff and personnel from the Public Order and Safety Office (POSO) and the General Services Office (GSO) of the city government and conducted a formal training in preparation for EVD cases.

”In preparation for possible cases of Ebola Virus Disease in the city, the City Health Office decided to form a task force composed of hospital staff and personnel of the city government,” Dr. Labro said. “Three representatives each of the seven hospitals operating in the city and personnel from the Public Order and Safety Office as well as the GSO, specially the drivers of ambulance underwent a two-day seminar.”

Dr. Labro said that although there has been no report of Ebola case in the country, this move of the City Health Office of Calamba is a way to prepare for any eventuality and at the same time remove residents' worries and fear of EVD.

With the objectives of providing safer care for patients with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and stopping disease transmission in the healthcare and community setting, the first day topics included :Ebola Basics and Background; Clinical Management and Discharge Criteria; Clinical Care Of EVD: Screening and Triage; Laboratory Support And Biosafety In Specimen; Handling in the Management Of EVD, Referral System; Transport and Storing of Specimen; Infection Control Principal Hand Hygiene; Cleaning and Disinfecting, Management of Linen and Waste and Management of Sharps; Transporting Patient Suspect /Confirmed Ebola; Surveillance and Response to Ebola; Ebola PIDSAR; and Action Plan for Ebola Preparedness.

The second day topic was on Proper Donning (putting on) and Doffing (removing) of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) followed by demonstration from each participant.

Meanwhile, the City Health Office of Calamba ranked number four in all the cities of the country on measles and rubella vaccinations campaign and ranked number five on oral polio vaccination declared by DOH in September this year. (PNA)

CTB/ZT WITH REPORT BY ROBERT MAICO/JSD

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