DOH region 9 clarifies no confirmed poliovirus in Zamboanga Peninsula

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 24, 2019   •   923

The Department of Health region 9 has clarified that there is no confirmed case of poliovirus in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

Out of the 15 specimens examined at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), eight were tested negative of the poliovirus while the health department is still waiting for the results of the seven remaining specimens.

“Ang ginagawa kasi natin, nagkakaroon tayo ng surveillance sa mga kaso na may acute flaccid paralysis ibig sabihin mayroong sudden onset ng mga paghihina (What we are doing, we had a surveillance of cases with acute flaccid paralysis meaning there is a sudden onset of fatigue),” according to DOH 9 Regional Director Dr. Emilia Monicimpo.

Monicimpo hopes the region will remain polio-free. However, the official said there are some areas who are skeptical of having vaccinated due to the Dengvaxia controversy.

The DOH advises the public to maintain good hygiene so as not to get contracted with polio.

“Practice good hand washing all the time and panatilihin na iyong tubig na iniinom ay malinis at ang pagkain na kinakain ay malinis at naluto ng maigi siya (make sure you’re drinking and eating are clean),” Monicimpo said.—AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Cebu LGU, binawi na ang kautusan para sa uuwing OFWs, ROFs

UNTV News   •   June 23, 2021

CEBU, Philippines — Binawi na ni Cebu Province Governor Gwendolyn Garcia ang inilabas nitong Executive Order No. 23 noong Lunes, kung saan binalaan ang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan na kakasuhan kung lalabag sa swab-upon- arrival policy ng lalawigan at ang magpipilit na i-quarantine ang mga uuwing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) at returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs).

Sa pahayag ng gobernador ng Cebu, ipatutupad na sa probinsya ang itinakdang health protocols ng National Covid-19 Task Force hinggil sa testing at quarantine sa mga OFWs at ROFs.

Ang naturang pagbawi ay bunsod ng naging pahayag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na hindi exempted ang Cebu sa pagpapatupad sa itinakdang guidelines ng national government.

“In-deference to the president, I am announcing right now that the executive order that I issued, EO 23, yesterday reminding all heads of government agencies that the provincial ordinance was in-effect. I am now setting aside in deference to the the president” sinabi ni Gov. Garcia

Tuloy pa rin ang pagpapatupad swab-upon-arrival policy ngunit kailangan ng manatili sa isang quarantine facility ng mga OFWs at ROFs sa loob ng sampung araw.

Samantala, may nakatakdang pagpupulong sa June 28, 2021 si Governor Garcia kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque kasama ang mga technical expert upang pag-usapan ang IATF guidelines. (Ulat mula kay Iris Madelo)

 

DOH: Over 2.1 million persons in PH now fully vaccinated vs COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 2,153,942 people have completed their COVID-19 vaccine doses, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Monday.

Based on the vaccine statistics released by the government, a total of 8,407,342 doses have already been administered in the country as of June 20. Of this figure, 6,253,400 have received their first dose.

The agency said that in the A1 or first priority group, a total of 1,569,561 have received their first shot while 1,067,630 have completed 2 doses.

In the A2 or the second priority group, a total of 2,001,758 were given the first dose. On the other hand, 553,527 received their second dose.

In the A3 sector, 2,088,000 received their first jab while 524,699 were fully vaccinated.

In the A4 group, 526,896 got their first jab and 8,086 received their second dose.

Around 67,185 persons under the A5 group were given the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The DOH also said that the total COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the 16th week of the national vaccination reached a record high of 1,461,666 doses.

It also noted that the average daily administered doses in the last seven days were 208,809.

“The government is urging eligible populations belonging to priority groups A1 to A5 to register with their local government units, get vaccinated, and complete the required number of doses as scheduled,” the DOH said.

“Regardless of vaccination status, everyone is urged to continue practicing the minimum public health standards as you may still get infected with COVID-19 and infect other people,” it added.

The national government is eyeing to vaccinate up to 70 million people this year to attain population protection against COVID-19.

Phl logs over 1.3M COVID-19 cases with 5,803 new infections

Maris Federez   •   June 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) reported 5,803 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the Philippines’ total number of cases to 1,359,015.

The DOH said the new infections pushed the number of active cases to 57,679 – of which 91.9% were mild, 3.7% were asymptomatic, 1.8% were severe, and 1.3% were in critical condition.

Total recoveries also climbed to 1,277,715 after 7,652 recuperated from the viral disease.

The number of fatalities, on the other hand, increased to 23,621 following the death of 84 patients.

The department said that after final validation, eight duplicates were removed from the total case count, and 115 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths.

The department further said that two laboratories were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System. —/mbmf

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