Abra has no A(H1N1) case – PHO
by Maritess Beñas
Bangued, Abra (12 June) -- Provincial Health Officer Dr. Godofredo Gasa, said there is nothing to worry about the threats brought by Influenza A (H1N1) because there are no confirmed cases yet in the province.
Gasa issued this statement to dispel rumors that there is already a case in Bangued. Gasa assured the public that the Provincial Health Office has conducted an intensive surveillance of all those who arrived from other countries to ensure that the virus will not enter the province. They have advised the balikbayans to subject themselves to self-quarantine and avoid mingling with people within 10 days after their arrival.
Appearing before the Provincial Board in connection with the resolution passed by SP Member Patrocinio Abaya to withdraw the 5% calamity funds of the provincial government, Gasa said, there is no need yet to withdraw the funds for the prevention of A/H1N1 in the province since the PHO still has P120,000.00 which can be used for emergency. The Department of Health (DOH) had likewise provided medicines and other supplies in the amount of P14,730.00 particularly for the prevention of A/H1N1, he informed.
Relative to this, Provincial Budget Officer Anacleto Buenafe, assured that his office is ever ready to prepare and release the budget in case there will be a need to allocate funds for the mitigation of the spread of said virus.
Meanwhile, the Department of Education (DepEd) through the office of its provincial medical officer, Dr. Marilou Gasa, is cooperating with the PHO in the continued monitoring of possible cases of the virus among school children. (PIA-Abra) [top]