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PIA Press Release
2009/06/24

Lanao del Sur remains A(H1N1), dengue free - PHO

by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

Cagayan de Oro City (24 June) -- Lanao Del Sur Provincial Health Officer Dr. Mangoda Dima Jr. said there is nothing to worry on the threats brought by Influenza A (H1N1) virus because there are no confirmed or suspected cases yet in the province.

He stressed that the public should also be vigilant against dengue and water-borne diseases, especially this rainy season because these diseases cause more deaths than A (H1N1).

"People should not worry about the so-called A (H1N1), dengue is more dangerous and crucial than A (H1N1)," he said.

But so far we have no cases of dengue infection in the province, he added.

The Provincial Health Officer also disclosed that they are intensifying their campaign against these diseases.

The public awareness campaign includes giving of flyers and posters as well as posting of the A (H1N1) Health Advisory tarpaulins on various strategic locations.

Dima further said that this is in response to the order of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the Department of Health (DOH) and other concerned agencies to do everything possible to protect the people from the influenza A(H1N1) virus.

"We also advised them to observe proper hygiene practices," he added.

Earlier, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III advised the public to continue heeding the recommendations of the DOH on proper hand washing and other hygiene practices stressing that proper hand washing and good respiratory manner will protect the public not only from A(H1N1) but also from other diseases.

"The best defense against A (H1N1) and other diseases is to boost your immune system. Most people can fight off this virus without special medications or hospitalization. You can stay at home and take supportive care like plenty of fluids, vitamins and bed rest," Duque stressed. (PIA-Marawi City) [top]

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