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PIA Press Release
2009/06/04

DOH lauds media for prudent H1N1 reports

by T. Villavert

loilo City (4 June) -- The Department of Health in Western Visayas lauded the Ilonggo media for their responsible handling of Influenza A(H1N1) reports and for educating the public.

The commendation was declared by Dr. Glenn Alonsabe, regional epidemiologist of DOH 6 during the recent regular weekly press conference of the DOH held at the PIA 6 Regional Office in Iloilo City.

"Since the day Western Visayas recorded its first H1N1 CUO or Case Under Observation, the report did not alarm or cause panic, and that simply shows that our media ethically informed and educated the public of the H1N1 virus," Dr. Alonsabe said.

During the press conference, Alonsabe also requested the media to help DOH in monitoring if all schools in the region have adequate hand washing and sanitation facilities in order to guard the pupils/students against the threats posed by the H1N1 virus.

The regional epidemiologist also disclosed during the presscon that the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) cleared five persons in Western Visayas suspected of having the Influenza A (H1N1) virus.

He said that the five persons have visited the US, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. They arrived in the region on separate dates, and upon exhibiting flu-like symptoms they were put under observation at the Western Visayas Medical Center.

Meanwhile, the Malacanang press report disclosed that Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the DOH has assessed there is no community outbreak yet of the illness and the increase in flu cases has not yet reached an alarming levels. (PIA6) [top]

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