MANILA, Philippines – A 36-year-old male patient in Tacloban City is now under observation for potential signs of novel coronavirus, the Department of Health (DOH) revealed Friday (January 24).
The patient, who traveled from Wuhan, China, showed symptoms of nCov upon his arrival in the Philippines on January 17.
Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo, however, clarified that it is still too early to conclude that the man is infected with novel coronavirus.
The DOH is keeping a list of all individuals from China who sought medical tests relative to the outbreak of novel coronavirus.
Among them is a two-year-old toddler from Aklan.
The DOH clarified, however, that the toddler showed symptoms not worse than an ordinary flu.
Meanwhile, the DOH said they are expecting the release of the confirmatory test on the patients’ blood samples by next week.
The samples are now being tested at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia, including that of the 6-year-old Chinese boy in Cebu who was first to be observed for nCoV infection.
At present, the World Health Organization (WHO) is not yet considering the situation a global health emergency.
Also, the Philippines is still technically free of novel coronavirus pending the confirmatory tests from Australia.
Nonetheless, Health offices across the country remain on alert against possible entry of the nCoV given the Philippines’ proximity to China.
Authorities are warning the public to refrain from travelling to China and always wear masks especially airport personnel as they are the first to have contact with arriving passengers from other countries. MNP (with details from Aiko Miguel)
BATANGAS, Philippines – Apart from physical struggles, evacuees fight emotional and mental stress while the state of Taal Volcano remains unstable.
Authorities cannot confirm yet as to when the affected residents will remain in temporary shelters.
While some may still have a home to return to, most displaced residents may have to start from nothing considering the damage the volcano has caused in their properties.
During these times the victims must receive a stress debriefing.
Experts say such service is very important especially for children.
“Pwede iyon mag-develop ng anxiety disorder – hindi makakatulog, palaging nininerbyos, nagna-nightmares, ang hirap kaya niyan (They could develop anxiety disorder – difficulty sleeping, panic attacks, nightmares, such are very difficult conditions),” explained from Dela Salle University psychiatrist, Dr. Raineir Umali.
“The strong social support is very important because when you are connected with people, makakausap yung mga tao na magsasabi sa iyo (people open up to you and the would tell you) how they are able to cope or how they will be able to help you,” noted Dr. Shiela Viesca.
“The notion also that the government is there to assist that there are certain communities and groups who are willing to help (alleviates the pain of) any calamity or disaster,” she added.
Several volunteer groups offered free sessions for the affected residents.
Members of the Alitagtag Main College Department launched ‘Aklathanan’ at the Alitagtag Covered Court in Batangas.
One of the organizers, Nikko Pagsuyoin, posted a picture of when they gathered all the children and engaged them in a storytelling session and coloring activities.
Meanwhile, the 1st Batangas Provincial Mobile Force Company taught children how to dance at an evacuation center in Sto. Tomas, Batangas.
In another picture, volunteers engaged the evacuees into a Zumba session at Tejero Elementary School in General Trias, Cavite.
Several entertainment acts also performed like ventriloquist Arnold Allanigue who toured the evacuation centers in Alfonso Municipality in Cavite and in Bauan in Batangas.
Meanwhile, the Mozart’s Guild of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Batangas served to the delight of the victims temporarily housed in their campus. – MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)
New York – More than 170,000 grave violations against children in conflict have been verified since the start of the decade, the United Nations’ children’s agency UNICEF said Monday.
The figure represents an average of 45 rights violations per day for the last 10 years.
UNICEF added that the number of countries experiencing conflict is the highest since the adoption of the Convention of the Rights of the Child in 1989.
“Conflicts around the world are lasting longer, causing more bloodshed and claiming more young lives,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore in a statement.
“Attacks on children continue unabated as warring parties flout one of the most basic rules of war: the protection of children. For every act of violence against children that creates headlines and cries of outrage, there are many more that go unreported,” she added.
In 2018, the UN agency verified more than 24,000 grave violations against children — more than two and a half times the figure in 2010 — including killing, maiming, sexual violence, abductions, denial of humanitarian access, child recruitment and attacks on schools and hospitals.
Of the 24,000 cases, more than half were the killing or maiming of children, the vast majority from the continuous and widespread use of air strikes and explosive weapons such as landmines, mortars, improvised explosive devices, rocket attacks, cluster munitions and artillery shelling.
In the first half of 2019, more than 10,000 cases of children’s rights violations were documented, although UNICEF said the figure may be “much higher.”
The agency highlighted several risk situations throughout the year, and recalled that in May, the organization asked governments to repatriate children who were trapped in camps or detention centers in northeastern Syria, where there were about 28,000 foreign children from 60 countries, including 20,000 from Iraq.
It also stressed that in March, more than 150 people, including 85 children, were killed when an armed group attacked the village of Ogossagou in Mali’s Mopti region, while another attack in Sobanou-Kou killed another 24 children.
In September, UNICEF reported that 2 million children remained out of school in Yemen, including almost half a million who dropped out since the conflict intensified in March 2015.
In November, the organization revealed that three years of violence and instability in the northwest and southwest of Cameroon has left more than 855,000 children out of school and displaced 59,000 adolescents.
UNICEF urged “all warring parties to abide by their obligations under international law and to immediately end violations against children and the targeting of civilian infrastructure, including schools, hospitals and water infrastructure.” EFE-EPA
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