Capiz mediamen urged to downplay AH1N1
by A. Lumaque
Roxas City (24 June) -- Local government officials and health authorities have sought the support of local tri-media practitioners to downplay the Influenza A (H1N1) in order to avoid panic among Capiceños.
The request was conveyed during separate press conferences called by the provincial and city governments, respectively, to announce the confirmed cases of A H1N1 in the province.
The first A H1N1 victim was already back to her work in Singapore while the other 14-year old who contracted the virus is undergoing medication in a private hospital here.
Capiz Gov. Victor A. Tanco, Sr. initiated the move on the part of the provincial government by asking mediamen to help in the dissemination of preventive measures for the viral disease after the Department of Health (DOH) – Capiz Representatives and Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) had laid down the guidelines on media reporting of the disease.
The mediamen were also urged by Roxas City Mayor Vicente Bermejo and Health Officer Dr. Amelita Robles to downplay the A H1N1 virus in the country "as it is not the virulent type."
At the national level, President Gloria Macapagal - Arroyo has reiterated her order to DOH and other concerned agencies to do everything possible to protect the people from the influenza A H1N1 virus.
The President is also calling on the public and private health sectors to team up in the fight against the virus. (PIA) [top]