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Ilocos gov initiates intensive campaign vs AH1N1

By Freddie G. Lazaro

Vigan City (June 24) -- Ilocos Sur Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Savellano has initiate intensive orientation campaign to anticipate the possible entry of A (H1N1) in the province.

A public health forum was conducted here recently to discuss preparation of the province in minimizing the potential impact of the AH1N1.

Attending the forum were health officials from the Regional Epidemiolog and Health Emergency Management Service, LGUs, private and public hospitals; members of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council; and Barangay Health Workers.

"The health forum was focused on the discussion for a massive campaign against the alarming threat of any disease in our province particularly the A (H1N1)," Savellano said.

"This meeting is also part of our thrust to be more prepared and equipped against the entry of illness in our province," he added.

Benjie Castillo, Team Leader of the Provincial Health and Technology Office (PHTO), said that all preventive measures against A (H1N1) must be put in place in all health facilities both private and public.

"A series of intensive orientation on protection from AH1N1 virus will also be conducted on June 22, 2009 at Hotel Salcedo in Vigan City to be attended by all school officials and owners and employees of all hotels and restaurant in the province," Castillo said.

As of press time, Castillo said the province is free from any case of AH1N1.

He cited the best way for the people to protect themselves from swine flu infection or any form of infection is to practice basic hygiene.

"These basic hygiene practices include proper hand washing, respiratory etiquette like covering of mouth when coughing and proper nutrition," he said.

"In addition, the people should eat nutritious foods like vegetables and drink Vitamin C to increase their body resistance," he added.

Castillo mentioned that the most common symptoms of the AH1N1 are flu, cough, fever or sore throat.

"If ever you have these symptomss, you have to consult immediately a physician," he advised. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]

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