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PIA Press Release
2009/06/18

Capiz mediamen get AH1N1 reporting guidelines

by A. Lumaque

Roxas City (18 June) -- The provincial government through its Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) has discussed with various local tri-media practitioners the various considerations in reporting Influenza A (H1N1) virus cases.

The media reporting guidelines were presented before mediamen amidst a confirmed case of A H1N1 in the province based on laboratory result from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

"We already have one confirmed case in Tapaz, Capiz," announced Capiz Gov. Victor Tanco, Sr. in the absence of Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director during the press conference.

"So we have to set guidelines on how to announce this to the public," added Tanco.

Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Jarvis Punsalan and (DOH) Capiz Representative Dr. Leah Del Rosario have reminded the mediamen to consider the confidentiality of the patient and "avoid sensationalizing the story" as among the pointers in reporting A H1N1 story.

The participants were also advised from personally interviewing the patients but instead source out information from concerned health authorities to avoid contracting the virus.

The province's first confirmed case of AH1N1 is a 38-year old woman who works as a domestic helper in Singapore.

"The good news is, the patient is now recovering," noted Punsalan about the health condition of the patient.

The press conference was also attended by DOH Capiz Representative Dr. Elmer Bucayan, Tapaz Municipal Health Officer Nolie Fernandez, and RITM Influenza Surveillance Offficer Julius Dicson Dela Cruz, among others. (PIA) [top]

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