Pres. Aquino, inatasan ang DOH na higpitan ang surveillance at quarantine measures kaugnay ng kaso ng MERS-CoV

admin   •   July 6, 2015   •   3308

FILE PHOTO: Pres. Benigno Aquino III and DOH Sec. Janet Garin (Malacañang Photo Bureau / UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Tiwala ang Malakanyang na may kapasidad ang Department of Health na ma-detect at magamot ang anumang kaso ng MERS-CoV sa bansa.

Ayon kay Presidential Communication Secretary Herminio ‘Sonny’ Coloma Jr., handa ang ahensya para sa anumang hakbang upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng naturang sakit.

Ito ang pahayag ng Malakanyang, matapos maiulat ng health department na may isang dayuhan na nasa bansa na nagpositibo sa MERS-CoV.

Sinabi ng kalihim na inatasan na rin 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 ng MERS-CoV para sa agarang aksyon. (UNTV News)

Lawmaker: International flight passengers must complete health declaration checklist

Maris Federez   •   January 22, 2020

Passengers wearing face masks who arrived from Guangzhou, China lineup for immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, 22 January 2020. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO

MANILA, Philippines — A lawmaker in the Lower House of Congress is pushing for international flight passengers to completely fill out and submit the health declaration checklist issued to them during their flight.

This is one way to prevent novel coronavirus from entering and spreading in the country.

A Health Declaration Checklist or the Yellow Form is handed out to arriving international flight passengers which is to be filled out to determine the passenger’s country of origin.

This will help authorities verify if the passenger was exposed to an infectious disease.

Included in the checklist is the personal information of the passenger for easier coordination if the need arises.

Iloilo Representative Janette Garin said she wants the health declaration checklist to be completely filled out by arriving international flight passengers to protect the Filipinos against all types of coronavirus.

Health declaration checklists are not handed out to all international arrival passengers except when there are threats of severe epidemic in other countries, in accordance with a directive from the Department of Health.

This measure is part of a government’s efforts to protect the public against the spread of contagious diseases that originate from other countries.

One way is the installation of devices at airports that check passengers for symptoms if they have acquired a disease or an epidemic from their countries of origin.

At present, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is using thermal scanners to check the passengers’ temperature even from a distance.

If a passenger shows symptoms of diseases, such as that of a coronavirus that is now circulating in China, he or she will be put on quarantine to prevent further spread of the symptom in the Philippines.

Authorities say that if and when an international flight passenger is able to go through the gates of the airport but soon feels flu-like symptoms, he or she must immediately inform health authorities and seek medical treatment. — (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

DOH: Suspected MERS-CoV patient from Laguna tests negative

admin   •   February 21, 2019

Colorized transmission electron micrograph showing particles of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus that emerged in 2012 | Credit: NIAID

(UPDATED) A male Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) from Saudi Arabia who was rushed to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) on Wednesday over suspected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), has tested negative for the disease, the Department of Health said.

The RITM released the results of the laboratory tests conducted on the patient around 7 P.M. Wednesday, according to DOH Region 4A Director Eduardo Janairo.

The patient was instead diagnosed with pneumonia, Janairo said, and his condition is currently being monitored and treated.

“Nandoon pa siya sa RITM. Doon muna inoobserbahan, malaman natin progreso ng kaniyang sakit, kung mag-detoriorate o hindi. Pero at least ang ating diagnostic, hindi na MERS-CoV. Ninerbyos lang tayo diyan kasi nga galing sa Saudi, sa Riyadh since Feb. 10. May mga record na may MERS-CoV sa area na yun,” Janairo explained.

“Sa ngayon, wala ng dapat ipangamba kasi negative naman yung kaniyang viral infection. Ang hinahanap natin ngayon, ano ang cause ng pneumonia at ubo niya o fever. Kailangan malaman natin yun,” Janairo added.

MERS is a viral respiratory infection caused by a novel CoronaVirus (CoV). Its symptoms may range from mild to severe fever, cough, chills, vomiting or diarrhea and shortness of breath. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

The patient was first rushed to the Laguna Doctors Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Laguna on February 19 after complaining of coughs and high fever but was transferred to the RITM in Muntinlupa City for further analysis and observation.

The emergency room of the Laguna Doctors Hospital has also been opened to patients after it was temporarily closed on Wednesday for general disinfection. — Robie de Guzman (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

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DOH monitors, allays fears over suspected MERS-Cov in Laguna

admin   •   February 21, 2019

Transmission electron micrograph of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus |Credit: NIAID

The Department of Health (DOH) has allayed public fears following a report on a suspected case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in Laguna.

A male patient suspected to have MERS-CoV infection was brought to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa on Wednesday morning.

A source told UNTV News and Rescue that the patient is an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who arrived in the Philippines on February 14 from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

He was first rushed to the Laguna Doctors Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Lauguna on February 19 after complaining of cough and high fever. He was immediately transferred to the RITM for further analysis and observation.

MERS, also known as camel flu, is a viral respiratory infection caused by a novel CoronaVirus (CoV). Its symptoms may range from mild to severe fever, cough, chills, vomiting or diarrhea and shortness of breath. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

DOH said the situation is under control and that the patient has been placed on isolation and is being monitored closely.

DOH Media Relations Officer 3 Glen Ramos also told reporters that the case is yet to be confirmed as MERS-CoV, although the patient has manifested its symptoms.

“One cannot just say it is suspected MERS. Usual manifestations [of the disease] include meningo, high fever. The patient came from the Middle East that is why they say it’s MERS. But the RESU has not reported to us that it is suspected MERS,” Ramos explained.

The emergency room of the Laguna Doctors Hospital, where the patient was first rushed, has been closed temporarily for decontamination.

Medical personnel who had interaction with the patient were also required to stay in the hospital for now to undergo observation.

Ramos, however, clarified that the virus is not easily transmitted.

“There must be close contact for transmission, such as sex with an individual with MERS, also through body fluid,” Ramos explained.

The patient is currently undergoing medical examinations at the RITM and laboratory results may be out within two or three days.

Meanwhile, the RITM-DOH urged the public to refrain from disseminating unverified information about the said case where it can easily be taken out of context and add to the growing public concern.

In a statement posted on its twitter account, the agency also advised the public to wait for official announcements from the DOH.

“The patient suspected for MERS-CoV is still under investigation and testing. Results will be confirmed once the laboratory tests and procedures are finished. We encourage the public to wait for the official announcement from the Department of Health,” the statement read. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

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