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One A(H1N1) case in Region 8 fully recovers

Tacloban City (June 22) -- One of the five A(H1N1) positive patients in Region has been declared fully recovered and has safely gone home to his family, the Department of Health Region 8 confirmed.

Director Edgardo Gonzaga said that this is a happy development. But this was made possible because the patients volunteered to present themselves to the Health Department for proper treatment. He called on the people of the Region that in case they themselves or they see people showing the same symptoms, they should report immediately to their Health Officers so that proper disposition of the case could be done.

The Department of Health has earlier announced that the government will fully shoulder the hospital expenses of the A (H1N1) positive cases, so the patients need not worry about financial considerations but concentrate on getting well.

One of the patient's three children was also found positive of the virus and is currently being treated at home under the supervision of government doctors. The 8 years old boy is doing well, the Department of Health added.

Right now three mild cases of A (H1N1) positive patients are being treated while 9 patients are under observation at the hospital.

It is not true that there is one positive case at the Sacred Heart College in Tacloban, the Department of Health Region 8 corrected. The school administration after consultation with the Department of Education and the Tacloban City Health Officer, decided to send the students home on Friday until July 6, upon knowing that the brother of the first A(H1N1) positive case, is studying there and has had contact with his brother.

The other two positive cases now confined at the hospital are classmate and schoolmate of the first positive case.

The nine which are under observation are schoolmates of the first patient. When the classes were temporarily suspended in the school, 42 students who were showing some symptoms were quarantined at the school dormitory. Those who were not showing any symptoms, 163 of them from Tacloban, are now being closely monitored by the Tacloban City Health Office, the Department of Health clarified.

Those who are quarantined at the school dormitory have been tested and the Department of Health is waiting for the results to come soon. (PIA 8) [top]

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