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PIA Press Release
2009/06/01

DepEd leads schools' drive vs A/H1N1, dengue as classes start nationwide

Cebu City (June 1) -- Educating school children on current health menace such as the H1N1 Influenza and dengue fever tops the list of education officials in the region as classes start today nationwide in all public schools.

DepEd officials in the region said they are coordinating closely with the Dept. of Health (DOH-7) on updates of the H1N1 scare as two of the 16 confirmed cases are in Cebu.

School officials have been oriented on H1N1 including prevention measures so these could be taught to over 19M students in the elementary and secondary levels.

Over 3,000 public teachers in Cebu City already underwent an orientation briefing on the H1N1 Influenza Virus before the start of the classes as part of their readiness to teach and what to do in case a suspected case of H1N1 crops up.

Currently, there are already 16 positive cases of Influenza A while 64 have pending laboratory results and 205 cases tested negative, according to the latest report of the DOH Influenza A (H1N1) Surveillance Progress Report.

DOH-7 Regional Director Susanna Madarieta allayed public fears that the rising H1N1 cases will lead to an epidemic as she assured that the case fatality rate of Influenza A is very very minimal.

"As of now, the disease is contained. We do not have community transmission. These cases came from other countries," Madarieta said.

There are a total of 28 cases under observation since May 4 in Cebu and of the total cases, two have been confirmed for the Influenza A and 19 tested negative while seven await results.

The two positive were that of a one-year old Filipino-American girl who arrived from the US and a 13-year old boy whop came from Hongkong. Both have been given appropriate treatment and that their health has improved, this is learned.

Madarieta said everything is under control and that they are working closely with school officials so they lead the campaign drive against the virus.

The DOH-7 director also sought the assistance of DepEd-7 on the campaign drive against another health menace, dengue, especially with the official start of the rainy season. Madarieta said dengue is more crucial as its fatality rate is higher as she urged parents not to self-medicate their children even with a simple fever as this is also another symptom of dengue.

Flu-like symptoms is a manifestation of both H1N1 Influenza and dengue as Madarieta advised parents not to be complacent and to immediately consult with a doctor in case their child is suffering from fever. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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