AH1N1 fight goes down to barangay level
by A. Lumaque
Roxas City (19 June) -- Capiz Gov. Victor A. Tanco, Sr. will solicit the support of the various local government units to help in massive community information campaign to inform the public on the Influenza A (H1N1) virus signs and symptoms of infection as well as the various preventive measures against the viral disease.
The plan was disclosed by the chief provincial executive during a press conference which informed local mediamen of the first confirmed A H1N1 case in the province.
A 38-year old woman from Tapaz, Capiz who works as a domestic helper in Singapore was confirmed by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) as positive for A H1N1 virus in a swab laboratory result released last June 17.
The provincial initiative against the flu crisis is in line with the directive of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ronaldo Puno to local chief executives nationwide to mobilize their respective Rural Health Units (RHU) and activate their barangay emergency response teams as reporting centers for A H1N1 cases following the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) of the illness as a pandemic.
"Local chief executives should also take the lead in the implementation of other urgent measures to prevent an AH1N1 outbreak in their communities,” Puno said.
Puno has issued a circular covering such guidelines to provincial governors, mayors, punong barangays and DILG regional directors last June 4, or before the WHO declared the AH1N1 crisis as a pandemic. (PIA) [top]