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Region 8 has five mild positive cases of A(H1N1), no reason to panic, DOH says

Tacloban City (June 21) -- There are already five confirmed A (H1N1) positive cases in Region 8 but there is really no reason to panic because the Department of Health is in control of the situation, Department of Health Region 8 Director Edgardo Gonzaga said.

Director Gonzaga also disclosed that there are four cases under observation at the EVRMC.

One of the first two confirmed H1N1 flu cases in Eastern Visayas is a third year student from the PSHS.

The other positive case is a seaman from Catbalogan who just arrived from Singapore. His three children were tested and his 8 year old son was confirmed to be positive too.

The other two positive cases are from V&G Subdivision who are also schoolmates of the first patient.

Earlier, the Department of Health in Region 8 has announced that there is no reason for the public to panic. The cases of A(H1N1) in the region are mild cases similar to the common flu.

What is important is that if one develops the symptoms, this must be reported to the Health officials for proper disposition, medication and treatment, Director Gonzaga said.

Director Gonzaga reiterated his call for the reorganization and reactivation of the barangay health emergency response teams in all the barangays of the Region in order to help prevent community-level outbreak. The BHERTs will help in the monitoring and reporting of cases, Director Gonzaga added.

In fact, as of this writing, a Sunday, Director Gonzaga and his staff are at V&G organizing the BHERT of the barangays there.

Meanwhile, Director Gonzaga said that the DOH in Region 8 has been monitoring closely 42 students of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) in Eastern Visayas in Palo, Leyte, after they were found to have fever on Tuesday.

Ten of the 42 placed under observation were classmates of the infected student. All the 42 students have been quarantined at the PSHS dormitory where they were tested, given medicine and were made to wear masks. The result of the test is not known yet, Director Gonzaga said.

The PSHS has suspended its classes for 10 days after the student tested positive for the virus.

Meanwhile, all public and private schools in the Region are orienting their students on proper cough sanitation and proper way of washing their hands. Several public schools have required the children to bring soap, handtowels and alcohol. (PIA 8) [top]

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