WV hospitals ready for MERSCov, says DOH-6 director

June 17, 2015 5:28 am 

ILOILO CITY, June 16 -– The Department of Health Regional Office 6 (DOH-6) director said that their retained hospitals in Western Visayas are ready in case there would be MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) patient that would be referred to them.

DOH-6 Director Marlyn Convocar, in particular, mentioned the readiness of the Western Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao, Iloilo city, Western Visayas Sanitarium in Santa Barbara, Iloilo, Dumangas District Hospital in Dumangas, Iloilo, and the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod city.

These hospitals have isolation rooms with equipment and trained staff to handle MERS patients, she said.

Meanwhile, there are also thermal scanners now in place at the three airports Iloilo, Silay and Kalibo catering international flights to screen incoming passengers. Personnel of the Bureau of Quarantine are also checking the arrival of passengers from countries with MERS cases.

Starting this month, the health official said that information dissemination has already been intensified for the public to be wary of MERS although the Philippines is still free from this viral disease. The advocacy include proper hand washing and observance of personal hygiene and proper cough etiquette.

These precautionary measures as at present South Korea has reported 154 MERS cases with 19 deaths.

MERS is a viral respiratory illness that is new to humans. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to several other countries, including the United States. Most people infected with MERS-CoV (coronavirus) developed severe acute respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Many of them have died. (PNA)

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