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PIA Press Release
2009/06/18

DOH: Spread the information, not the virus

by Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan, Samar (June 18) -- The Department of Health through Dr. Antonio Tirazona urges all Samarnons to spread the health information and not the virus.

The physician was reacting to the scores of Catbaloganons who have become panicky because of a confirmed case in Samar's capital town.

In an exclusive interview with Tirazona at his office yesterday, he reiterated that the virus is not as dangerous as dengue.

Once again, the doctor reminds the public to observe coughing etiquette as the virus is transmitted through droplets from those already positive.

DOH said that infected persons are referred as: Case Under Observation (CUO).

Tirazona said that based on DOH guidelines, coughs and sneezes spread diseases and that respiratory etiquette is basic good health manners.

Cough manners, based on the guidelines urges people to cover their nose and mouth with tissue or handkerchief every time they sneeze, cough or blow their noses.

And if the person doesn't have a tissue, they must cover their nose and mouth with hands or cough into their sleeve.

Another very important reminder is proper hand washing lasting from 40-60 seconds with soap and water before touching eyes, nose or mouth and before shaking hands with other people.

If water is not available, to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, they are told.

The public is also cautioned against spitting on the floor, they must do so in a trash bin or on a small plastic bag.

When using handkerchief, they must wash it separately from clothing.

Patients who are sick are also advised to stay home, maintain a safe distance of one meter from other people when sick and never to share eating utensils, drinking glasses towels and other personal items.

Meanwhile, Samar Provincial Hospital Chief Dr. Rodulf Mabulay said that the hospital has an action plan to react and to respond to the cases that will be brought to their attention.

As of press time, City Health Officer Dr Senecia Yong who has also done contact tracing declared that the confirmed case is now on his way to recovery and assured the Catbaloganons that the COU will not be a threat to public health anymore. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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