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Bacolod intensifies info campaign on A(H1N1) virus; two new positive cases reported

Bacolod City (18 June) -- The Bacolod City Government, through its City Health Office, is intensifying its information campaign on the Influenza A(H1N1) virus to increase awareness among Bacoleņos.

CHO's Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams are presently holding series of lectures in various barangays and will start conducting lectures in all schools in Bacolod. Streamers and flyers are also distributed to various areas to further educate people on the virus.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia also created a task force that will spearhead the information drive and create measures to help control and mitigate the spread of the virus.

The city's Task Force A(H1N1) led by Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson met yesterday with physicians who are actively involved in the control and eventual mitigation of the presence of A(H1N1) virus in Bacolod, namely Dr. Joan Cerrada of the Philippine Society of Infectious Disease, Dr. Henry Alavaren of the Riverside Medical Center, quarantine officer Dr. Sebastian Tabuga and Eunice Bedonia from the Department of Health, to be clarified of the level of virus transmission in the city. The physicians said that to this date, there is no community transmission of the virus in the city.

The task force also met with representatives from the various hotels in the city to identify the measures they undertake to increase awareness on the A(H1N1) virus and mitigate its spread.

The emergency number 117 has been identified as the hotline number to contact for any suspected A(H1N1) case in the city.

Dr. Cerrada advised that the only authorized persons to contact for information regarding suspected or confirmed A(H1N1) cases in the city and the province are Dr. Ariel Valencia, DOH regional director and Dr. Glen Alonsabe, regional epidemiologist.

The physicians also strongly advised that anybody who came from abroad should subject themselves to self quarantine even in the absence of any symptoms and that there is no need to panic as there is available medication for the illness and that it is curable.

These physicians urged those who have symptoms of flu to wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus and to subject themselves to self quarantine. They further clarified that confirmed A(H1N1) patients, who have no sickness-related complications, need not go to the hospital for isolation but just have themselves checked by a physician and take the necessary medication.

Sayson said that the City Government has already allocated a budget to be used for possible community transmission of the A(H1N1) virus in Bacolod.

The first confirmed case of A(H1N1) in the city has already been discharged from the hospital while two new positive cases of were determined to have come from two boys, who are brothers aged 7 and 8 and had just arrived from the United States. (CMO/PIA/EAD) [top]

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