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PIA Press Release
2009/06/03

DepEd pushes good health vs health threats

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (3 June) -- As classes in the public schools have already started last Monday, the Department of Education (DepEd) has also started the conduct of health orientation.

Capiz Schools Division Superintendent Eveleth Gamboa disclosed that their medical and dental teams have already been mobilized to intensify the campaign on common illness as well as on the dreaded Influenza A (H1N1) virus that affects many countries in the world, including the Philippines.

Gamboa stressed that they are particularly pushing hand washing and personal hygiene as one of the measures to prevent the spread of said disease.

Earlier, the Department of Health (DOH) has been calling for a collaborative effort to stop the spread of the AH1N1 virus although there is still no community outbreak in the country.

Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that so far the country has registered 21 cases already, however, the DOH has assured that there is no community outbreak yet of the illness and the increase in flu cases has not yet reached an alarming level.

Bello said that the DOH and other agencies including the DepEd have also activated an alarm system to monitor possible contamination of the virus in schools to prevent large-scale flu outbreaks.

To prevent the spread of the virus, the DOH advises the public to closely monitor their family members and immediately consult doctors in cases of fever, cough, sore throat or other flu-like symptoms, or report to the DOH Hotline at (02) 711-1001 or 711-1002. (PIA) [top]

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