Panibagong kaso ng MERSCoV sa Pilipinas, naitala ng DOH

admin   •   July 6, 2015   •   3657

FILE PHOTO: Captured image at NAIA thermal scanner in March 2014 (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Kinumpirma ng Department of Health na isang dayuhan mula sa Middle East ang kasalukuyang naka-confine sa Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) matapos na magpositibo sa MERS-Corona Virus.

Ayon kay DOH Secretary Janet Garin, pasado alas-onse ng umaga noong Sabado nang matanggap nila ang ulat tungkol sa isang 36 anyos na lalaking dayuhan na kinakitaan ng sintomas ng MERS-CoV.

“May natanggap kaming refferal sa Research Institute for Tropical Medicine tungkol sa isang foreigner na may ubo at nanggaling sa Middle East, bandang alas singko ng hapon the tests yielded into a positive result.”

Agad itong inilipat sa RITM at sa ngayon ay kasalukuyan itong naka-isolate at ginagamot ng mga doktor.

Sa inisyal na pagsusuri, lumalabas na mababa ang viral load ng pasyente o hindi ganoon karami ang MERS-Corona Virus sa katawan ng pasyente at posibleng gumaling na rin ito.

May walong naging close contact ang nasabing dayuhan at pito sa mga ito ay inoobserbahan na sa pamamagitan ng home quaratine, habang ang isa naman ay naka-isolate na rin sa RITM matapos na magkaroon ng ubo.

Tumanggi naman ang DOH na tukuyin ang pagkakakilalan ng naturang dayuhan maging ang petsa kung kailan ito dumating sa bansa.

Sa ngayon ay mahigpit na nagsasagawa ng contact tracing ang ahensya sa lahat ng mga nakasalamuha ng nasabing dayuhan na maaring nagkaroon rin ng sintomas ng MERS-CoV.

Muli namang nilinaw ng kagawaran na hindi madaling naihahawa ang MERS-CoV liban na lamang kung nagkaroon ng close contact sa taong apektado ng virus.

“Ipinapaalala po natin sa publiko na walang documented community transmission ang MERS, karaniwang nangyayari ang paghahawa sa loob ng hospital… transmission also occurs via repeated and close contact with a family member or a household companion,” dagdag pa ni Sec. Garin.

Samantala, inatasan na ni Pangulong Aquino ang DOH na lalong higpitan ang surveillance at quarantine measures at matiyak na naiuulat agad ng mga ospital sa kinauukulan ang mga pasyenteng nagpapakita na mga sintomas naturang sakit.

Umapela naman ang DOH sa ating mga kababayan at maging sa mga dayuhan na nagmumula sa mga bansang apektado ng MERS-CoV na makipag-ugnayan sa kanilang tanggapan sakaling makaramdam ng mga sintomas ng virus.

Ito ang numero ng telepono na maaaring tawagan: 711-1001 at 711-1002.

Maari ring makipag-ugnayan sa mga cellphone numbers 0922-8841564, 0920-9498419 at 0915-7725621.

Sa tala ng DOH, ito na ang ikalawang kaso ng MERS-CoV na naitatala sa Pilipinas ngayong taon.

Sa kabila nito, tiniyak naman ng ahensya na ginagawa na nila ang lahat ng mga hakbang upang magamot ang nasabing pasyente, kaya’t walang dapat na pang ikabahala ang publiko. (JOAN NANO / UNTV News)

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PH detects 10 more cases of COVID-19 India variant

UNTV News   •   May 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said it has detected more cases of Covid-19 variants in the country.

This was based on the latest whole-genome sequencing report of the Philippine Genome Center and the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) which included samples from the crew members of the MV Athens Bridge, returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) with relevant travel history, and deceased severe or critical COVID-19 cases.

The DOH reported the detection of ten (10) B.1.617.2 (India) variant cases, thirteen (13) B.1.1.7 (United Kingdom) variant cases, seven (7) B.1.351 (South Africa) variant cases, and one (1) P.3 (Philippines) variant case among the thirty-seven (37) samples sequenced last May 14, 2021.

B.1.617.2 VARIANT CASES:

Of the 10 new B.1.617.2 variant cases, one is a seafarer who came from Belgium and the other nine are crew members of MV Athens Bridge.

The DOH said, the seafarer disembarked in Belgium and flew back to Manila via the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He arrived in the Philippines on a flight last April 24, 2021 and has completed his isolation period last May 13, 2021.

Meanwhile, four of the nine crew members remain admitted at a hospital in Manila and are currently in stable condition while the other five are currently in an isolation facility.

These 10 B.1.617.2 variant cases are in addition to the first two cases previously reported last May 11, bringing the total to 12.

The DOH reiterates that all of the close contacts of the first two cases of B.1.617.2, have completed the prescribed 14-day quarantine and have been discharged from their quarantine facility.

Of the three initially reported COVID-19 positive cases that are close contacts of the 2nd case in the plane, one was sent for sequencing but was not detected to harbor a variant of concern (VOC).

B.1.1.7 VARIANT CASES:

Of the 13 new B.1.1.7 variant cases detected, three (3) are ROFs and 10 are local cases. Based on the case line list, one case has died while 12 have been tagged as recovered.

B.1.351 VARIANT CASES:

Out of the additional seven B.1.351 variant cases, two (2) are ROFs, two (2) are local cases, and three (3) cases are currently being verified if they are local or ROF cases. Based on the case line list, two cases are still active while one has died and four have recovered.

P.3 VARIANT CASES:

The new P.3 variant case is a local case with an address in Region IX. The case died last February 28, 2021.

At present, the P.3 variant is not identified as a variant of concern. This variant is currently being investigated and information continually collected to determine its public health implication.

Amid implementation of stricter border control measures, the DOH reminded the public anew to observe minimum public health standards and immediately get vaccinated when it’s their turn.

The agency said, strict adherence to these measures can prevent infection and further mutation of COVID-19.

“A low transmission rate means fewer chances for the virus to mutate,” the DOH said.

DOH says no to proposed vaccine pass for access to indoor establishments

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said it is not recommending the proposal to use a “vaccine pass” that would allow persons already inoculated against COVID-19 to have access to business establishments.

“Hindi po kami sang-ayon sa ganyang pagpapalakad o kaya ay magkaron tayo ng mga ganyang proseso,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergere said in a virtual press briefing.

Vergeire said the DOH is not in favor of the proposal as there is no sufficient evidence yet to say that a person who has already received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine can no longer be infected or spread the virus.

She added that initial studies have shown that the currently available vaccines against coronavirus cannot adequately block the virus.

“Wala pa ho tayong sufficient evidence to say na ang isang taong with complete doses of vaccines already would have that kind of immunity, na hindi na siya magkakaroon ng sakit o makakapanghawa dahil nga po dito sa mga paunang mga ebidensiya na ibinigay sa atin, hindi po nakakapag-block ng transmission adequately ang mga bakuna na mayroon tayo ngayon,” she said.

“As we have said, ang pinaka-assurance o benepisyong nakukuha natin ngayon sa vaccines is reducing severe infections and hospitalization. As to preventing mild to moderate infections, hindi pa rin po tayo nagbibigay ng ganyang assurance sa ating mga kababayan,” she added.

Vergeire also reminded the public, especially those who have completed the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, to still observe health protocols against COVID-19.

“Even if you are fully vaccinated, meaning you have completed two doses, kailangan pa rin natin magpatupad ng minimum health protocols,” she said.

“Itong sinasabing vaccine pass ay hindi pa rin mairerekomenda ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan,” she added.

No need for vital signs screening before COVID-19 vaccination, DOH says

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The vital signs screening will no longer be included in the vaccination process against COVID-19 as part of efforts to expedite the immunization in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday.

In an online press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they have already issued guidelines regarding the matter after DOH advisors and vaccination experts approved the recommendation from the Philippine Heart Association and the Philippine Society of Hypertension.

She said the new policy was approved after a DOH time and motion study found that walk-in vaccine recipients and the vital signs screening were causing long queues in vaccination sites.

“Meron na ngayong patakaran here in Metro Manila ang ating mga local government, only those master listed should go to the vaccination site kaya lang ngayon siyempre ang mga kababayan natin, very eager sila na magpabakuna na kahit hindi sila yung scheduled for that day, they go to the vaccination site, so that’s one,” Vergeire said.

“Pangalawa, nakita natin na there are certain processes within our system na nakakatagal talaga and one of those would be the vital signs screening, yung pag-BP (blood pressure), pagkuha ng temperature, pagkuha ng pulse rate, ng heart rate,” she added.

Under the new guidelines, Vergeire said that healthcare workers only need to closely monitor individuals with established hypertension or organ damage prior to their vaccination.

“Ang kailangan lang nating bantayan, especially for the blood pressure, would be yung blood pressure na 180/120 or more. Pero yung iba, kahit tumataas yung presyon, maaari pa rin naman natin silang bakunahan,” she said.

“Naglagay rin tayo sa guidelines natin na there should be a separate lane para sa mga taong gusto nating obserbahan because of their established history ng kaniang mga sakit para hindi po sila nakakadagdag doon sa pila,” she added.

Vergeire also said that the DOH is eyeing to expand vaccination sites to help speed up the rollout.

The health official also noted that the public confidence in COVID-19 vaccines has increased citing a survey they conducted in March.

Vergeire said the poll showed that 75 percent of respondents said that they are willing to get immunized if a vaccine was available, and 85.8 percent said they would get inoculated if they knew that the vaccines were safe and effective.

“Nakita po natin yung pagtaas talaga ng kumpiyansa ng ating mga kababayan noong nakita nilang marami na ring nababakunahan,” she said.

The Philippines has so far administered over 2.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with over 500,000 who are fully vaccinated.

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