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Agusan del Sur braces for entry of AH1N1 virus

by Dave M. Suyao

Butuan City (24 June) -- Although Agusan del Sur has no record of AH1N1 virus contamination yet, we are doing our best to control its entry by closely monitoring the people, specially those who have records of travel outside the country and other places as well.

This is the opening statement of Dr. Joel Esparagoza, the Provincial Health officer of Agusan del Sur, during the round table discussion with members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), Agusan del Sur - Bislig City Chapter and the tri-media.

"As of the present, the Department of Health and the World Health Organization has declared that the AH1N1 virus that hit the country is not so fatal but contagious. And we are conducting close monitoring here in the province because people from Butuan City going to Davao provinces and cities and vise versa, pass thru the province, and chances that the AH1N1 virus may enter the province is high", Dr. Joel Esparagoza said.

According to Dr. Esparagoza, they have already activated the community watch task forces in order that people who have shown symptoms of the AH1N1 flu will be reported immediately to proper health authorities, and although the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital has no capability yet to examine the suspected patient, they will be referred to the regional hospital in Butuan City for thorough examination.

"But we in the health sector repeatedly remind our people that prevention is much better than cure. That is why, we can always hear thru radio and television, and even read in the newspapers, that we should always maintain proper hygiene and sanitation in our system to avoid being contaminated by the virus", Dr. Esparagoza said.

Asked if there are chances that the AH1N1 flu may suddenly occur in a place like any other ordinary flu, Dr. Esparagoza said that as far as the present situation is concerned, there is no other means that the AH1N1 flu can be acquired except thru contact with those who have acquired the virus. "Therefore, it is advised that proper distancing and contact with people should be avoided, in order to avoid contamination", Dr. Esparagoza added.

According to Dr. Esparagoza, the Agusan del Sur Provincial Health Office will be sending a team to the DOH Regional Office in Butuan City for proper training on the AH1N1 virus cases so that they can address the problem anytime it enters the province. At present, Dr. Esparagoza said, there are medicines that can cure the AH1N1 flu, but sad to note, there is no vaccine yet to prevent a person from acquiring the virus. (PIA Agusan del Sur) [top]

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