DOH monitors another child from Laguna for possible polio

Marje Pelayo   •   September 25, 2019   •   2474

MANILA, Philippines – A six-year-old boy from Barangay Parian in Calamba, Laguna is now being monitored after showing symptoms of polio.

According to the Department of Health (DOH) Region 4A Director Eduardo Janairo, the boy also manifests difficulty walking.

“Ang problema doon, hindi siya nabigyan ng kahit anung polio vaccine kaya medyo suspected talaga at delikado siya, (The problem is that, he never received any polio vaccine so he is highly at risk), Janairo said.

The boy’s fecal sample has already been sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) for tests.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), poliomyelitis or polio is a highly infectious infantile paralysis caused by poliovirus. It causes muscle weakness and inability to move. In some cases, polio may lead to breathing difficulty and death.

Poliovirus can spread through fecal to oral transmission or when the stool of an infected person is introduced into the mouth of another person through contaminated water or food.

Oral to oral transmission, meanwhile, is through an infected person’s saliva.

“Napakaimportante ng cleanliness, nang paghuhugas ng kamay pagkatapos mag-CR, (Cleanliness is very important like proper washing of the hands every after defecating),” Janairo advised.

“Ang mga bata kailangan lagi naghuhugas ng kamay pagkatapos maglaro at kung maari iyong kuko, iyong mga putik sa kuko, maaaring may polio virus iyon na kapag nakain ng bata, magkakaroon din siya, (Children should practice hand washing every after outdoor activities. The dirt or mud in their nails must be cleaned because they might have polio virus. Once they ingest that, they can be infected),” the official said.

Polio symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs which can lead to permanent paralysis.

At present, there is no cure for polio but it can be prevented through immunization.

Meanwhile, they boy from Laguna who earlier tested positive for poliovirus is now confined at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Quezon City. – MNP (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

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DOH: Caloocan resort guests should undergo 14-day quarantine, strict monitoring

Robie de Guzman   •   May 10, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — Individuals who went to a resort in Caloocan City despite current community quarantine restrictions should undergo a 14-day quarantine period, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.

In a virtual press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH has ordered its Metro Manila office to “strictly monitor” those who went to the resort over the weekend.

“Yung mga nagpunta po sa resort na yan, kailangan po nilang mag-quarantine for 14 days, lahat po sila so that we can ensure na wala pong pagkakahawa-hawaan na mangyayari,” she said.

Vergeire pointed out that Metro Manila is still under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until May 14 that only allows essential travels, and services to operate.

“Alam po nating lahat na tayo talaga ay doing all of our efforts to contain this disease and alam din po natin na tayo ay nasa MECQ so dapat alam ng ating mga kababayan kung kailan sila pwedeng lumabas at kung ano ang mga places na pwede nilang puntahan,” she said.

Caloocan authorities have ordered the closure of Gubat sa Ciudad resort after it was found to be operational and have accommodated a large number of guests over the weekend despite strict quarantine restrictions.

“Ito po ay mali, hindi po natin ito ito-tolerate. Ayaw po natin na madagdagan pa ang mga kaso,” Vergeire said.

“Nakalungkot po itong pangyayaring ito. Sana po hindi na tularan,” she added.

She also advised establishments to comply with quarantine rules and to only operate when permitted by authorities.

“Dapat din naman ang mga establishments, kailangan po alam din po nila na hindi pa sila pwedeng mag-accommodate ng mga kababayan nating pupunta sa kanila kasi ang mga kababayan natin pupunta diyan kung papayag kayo. Eh binuksan po natin kaya nakapasok po ang mga tao at nakapag-swimming at nakapagsaya ang bawat pamilya,” she said.

Malacañang, meanwhile, stressed that any form of mass gathering is still prohibited in MECQ areas to arrest the spread of COVID-19.

“Naintindihan po natin na mainit ang panahon at marami ang sabik maligo, lumangoy at magpalamig ngunit hindi naman ito dapat maging dahilan, para hindi natin sundin ang guidelines. Inuulit ko po, bawal pa po ang pagtitipon-tipon,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Philippines reports 6,846 new COVID-19 cases; active cases down to 59,897

Robie de Guzman   •   May 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Monday logged 6,846 new novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, pushing the total tally to 1,108,826, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

In its 4 p.m. bulletin, the DOH reported that the number of active cases went down to 59,897. Of this, 93.7 percent are mild, 2.2 percent are asymptomatic, 1.7 percent in severe, and 1.3 percent are in critical condition.

Ngayong 4 PM, Mayo 10, 2021, ang Department of Health ay nakapagtala ng 6,846 na karagdagang kaso ng COVID-19. Samantala…

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The DOH noted that five laboratories failed to submit data on time.

The agency also reported 8,193 new recovered patients, bringing the recovery tally to 1,030,367.

The death toll climbed to 18,562 with 90 new fatalities.

The DOH also stated in its bulletin a positivity rate of 13.9 percent out of the 45,370 tests.

The case count reflected in the latest bulletin was based on tests conducted on May 8, it added.

DOH: NCR Plus to get most of newly-delivered AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses

Robie de Guzman   •   May 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal, and Laguna – collectively called NCR Plus – will get the highest allocation of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that were delivered to the country over the weekend.

In an online briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said a quarter of the additional two million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines will be distributed in Metro Manila followed by areas in the Central Luzon and Calabarzon regions.

“Nasa NCR Plus bubble po yung pinakamataas na alokasyon dahil alam naman po natin yung focus natin so we can be able to have herd containment here in this epicenter of this disease,” she said.

The health official said the allocations have been prepared and the vaccines will be distributed starting Monday.

“Nagawa na yung allocation list and ready to deploy na tayo starting today,” she said.

Other regions will also receive AstraZeneca vaccines but Vergeire did not specify the allocation breakdown.

The additional doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX Facility arrived in the country on Saturday.

The fresh vaccine supply was delivered after Philippine health authorities announced last Friday the official resumption of AstraZeneca vaccine administration for eligible populations.

The DOH previously suspended the use of AstraZeneca vaccines following the recommendation of the local Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to temporarily halt its use on persons below 60 years old after reports of “very rare” cases of Vaccine-Induced Thrombosis and Thrombocytopenia (VIIT).

VITT is a very rare condition of blood clots associated with low platelet counts that can occur 4 to 28 days after receiving a viral vector vaccine such as AstraZeneca, the DOH said.

“After discussions with the DOH All Experts Group and the Philippine College of Hematology and Transfusion Medicine (PCHTM), it was concluded that there are currently no known risk factors for VITT and that the benefits of receiving the vaccine against COVID-19 still outweighs the risk,” the department said in an earlier statement.

The DOH, however, said that specific guidelines and measures will still be enforced to mitigate the risks of vaccination.

Healthcare workers (HCWs) in vaccination sites will also be trained to detect and manage possible symptoms of VITT and refer them accordingly to the appropriate health facility for definitive workup and management.


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