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PIA Press Release
2009/06/04

Palace calls for collaborative efforts to contain AH1N1

Manila (4 June) -- There is no community outbreak yet of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus in the country but the Department of Health (DOH) is calling for a collaborative effort to stop the spread of the virus.

Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Tueday said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has met with health officials to come up with a collaborative measures to contain the spread of the flu virus which has already registered 21 cases in the county.

"Last Monday Secretary Duque of the Department of Health met with all his department heads to come out with an analysis of the extent of the virus in our country and also to come out with a collective effort on the prevention as well as control of the disease in our country," Bello said.

Bello said the DOH has assured there is no community outbreak yet of the illness and the increase in flu cases has not yet reached an alarming level.

Notwithstanding, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Gabriel Claudio advised the public to heed the DOH call to take all the necessary precautionary and preventive measures to stop the spread of the disease.

"Our authorities especially the DOH has succeeded in keeping the entry of this virus into the country to the barest minimum," Claudio noted.

The DOH and other agencies have been making sure thermal screenings in all points of entry are undertaken and quarantine protocols are observed on travelers who came from affected areas and those who show signs of sickness.

The DOH and other agencies including the Department of Education (DepEd) have also activated an alarm system to monitor possible contamination of the virus in schools to prevent large-scale flu outbreaks. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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