Red Cross Ebola teams in Guinea attacked 10 times a month

admin   •   February 13, 2015   •   2443

Health workers rest outside a quarantine zone at a Red Cross facility in the town of Koidu, Kono district in Eastern Sierra Leone December 19, 2014.
CREDIT: REUTERS/BAZ RATNER

(Reuters) – Red Cross teams in Ebola-hit Guinea have been attacked on average 10 times a month over the past year, the charity said on Thursday, warning that the violence was hampering efforts to contain the disease.

In the most recent incident last Sunday in the town of Forecariah about 60 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Conakry, two Red Cross volunteers were beaten while trying to conduct a safe burial, the charity said.

Ending traditional burials is seen as crucial to stopping the spread of the latest outbreak, which has killed more than 9,100 people, mainly in West Africa, because rituals often involve extensive contact with highly contagious corpses.

“As long as people have misconceptions about how Ebola is spread, and continue to prevent volunteers from doing their work, we will not stop the disease,” said Youssouf Traore, president of the Red Cross Society of Guinea.

The number of new cases in Guinea nearly doubled last week to 64, the World Health Organization said, jeopardizing a government plan to get to zero new cases by early March.

Officials say that locals especially around the capital Conakry continued to hide sick friends and relatives from authorities.

Traore said he thought hostility towards the charity was due to rumors that it had been disinfecting schools and vaccinating children, amid fears this was part of a plot to infect locals with the virus.

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he was bringing back nearly all U.S. troops fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and marking a new phase in the battle to help countries “get to zero” cases. Guinea has the longest way to go in ending the outbreak, he added.

(Reporting by Misha Hussain, West Africa correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation; Writing by Emma Farge; Editing by Crispian Balmer)

Publiko, pinayuhang maglinis ng septic tank para iwas sa dagdag-sakit ngayong pandemya

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Perwisyo at nakakasama sa kalusugan ang dulot na dumi ng poso negro kapag inabot ito ng pag-singaw o pag-apaw.

At upang makaiwas pa sa dagdag na sakit na maaaring makuha rito, lalo na ngayong mayroong nararanasang pandemya, hinihikayat ng Maynilad Water Service Inc. ang kanilang mga customer na samantalahin ang serbisyong pagpapalinis ng septic tank sa kanilang lugar.

“Ayaw naman natin na mapuno ang septic tank natin nung sludge ito kasi ang nasa loob ng septic tank na maaaring magdulot ng bara doon sa septic tank. Magkakaroon ng epekto sa ating kapaligiran at maaari din siyang pagmulan ng iba’t ibang uri ng sakit,” ayon kay Collection and Transport Septage Management Department (CTSMD) Head Carlo Tolentino.

Ayon sa Maynilad, mahalagang malinis ang septic tank sa ating mga bahay isang beses sa loob ng lima hanggang pitong taon upang makaiwas sa anumang sakit.

“Para ma-maintain natin ang treatment capability o ang kakayahan nung septic tank na linisin ang dumi na napupunta sa kanya para ang mga dini-discharge niyang tubig doon sa ating mga estero kahit papaano ay malinis na,” dagdag ni Tolentino.

Dahil nasa ilalim pa rin ngayon ang Metro Manila sa modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), tiniyak ng Maynilad na sinusunod ng mga tauhan nito ang public health standards gaya ng pagsusuot ng facemask at face shield bago pumasok sa mga bahay. May gwantes at masusing dini-disinfect ang mga hose upang masegurong hindi kakapitan ng mga virus.

“Lahat ng kagamitan nila is dini-disinfect bago magsimula at pagkatapos linisin ang isang septic tank,” ayon kay Tolentino.

Sa mga nais magpa-schedule pwedeng makipag-ugnayan sa mga naka-assign na Maynilad Zone Specialist sa inyong barangay o kaya ay tumawag sa Maynilad Hotline na 1626.

Maaari ding bisitahin ang Facebook page ng Maynilad para sa iba pang detalye at schedule ng pagpapalinis ng poso negro.

Ngayong taon target ng Maynilad na makapag-sebisyo at makapaglinis ng higit 158,000 septic tank ng mga customer nito sa Metro Manila. (Balita ni Janice Ingente)

DOH warns vs possible WILD disease outbreak due to consecutive typhoons

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) warned the public against the possible outbreak of waterborne and foodborne illnesses, influenza-like illnesses, leptospirosis and dengue (WILD) diseases after consecutive typhoons hit the country.

According to the Health Department, the widespread flooding and damage caused by the typhoons have brought health hazards to the public, especially the victims staying in evacuation centers.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III assured that the department and local government units (LGUs) are prepared to prevent any possible outbreaks. He also added that the DOH has released guidelines to its regional offices for contingency measures.

“We are very wary of possible outbreak of communicable, waterborne and vector-borne diseases after disasters, lalo pa ngayong may pandemiya na maaring magdulot ng (especially during this pandemic which can cause) complex situation,” he said in a statement.

Duque also cited the importance of practicing minimum health and safety protocols in evacuation centers. AAC

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DOH to conduct nationwide measles campaign beginning October 26

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 21, 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) will conduct a nationwide measles and polio supplemental immunization campaign starting October 26.

DOH Secretary Secretary Francisco Duque said there is still a need to prevent possible measles outbreak especially while the country is facing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

As of August 2020, there are around 3,500 reported measles cases with 36 deaths. Most of the cases are among children under five years old.

The nationwide Measles Rubella-Oral Polio Vaccine Supplemental Immunization campaign will be rolled out in two phases. The DOH will be conducting the campaign for children under five years old which is around 9.4 million children for the measles-rubella vaccine and 6.9 million children for the oral polio vaccine.

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a high-quality immunization campaign is urgently needed to stop measles transmission and possible outbreaks. We encourage parents and caregivers to have their children immunized. The measles vaccine is safe, effective and free,” he said.

The DOH’s immunization campaign is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). UNICEF Philippines Representative Oyunsaikhan Dendevnoro said there have been immunization challenges brought by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are at an especially challenging time when immunization for children is being threatened. All of us must do our part in ensuring children in our family are immunized, and that we provide the correct information to parents, community members and among our peers,” she said.

Meanwhile, Duque also assured that the health care workers who will participate in the campaign have been trained and will be provided with personal protective equipment.

The Phase 1 of the campaign will be conducted from 26 October to 25 November 2020 in Mindanao Regions, CAR, I, II, IV-B and V. Phase 2 will be conducted in February 2021 in Visayas Regions, NCR, III and IV-A. AAC

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