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No reported A(H1N1) cases in Iligan, says CHO

by Lorry V. Gabule

Iligan City (24 June) -- Dr. Livey J. Villarin, city health officer of Iligan, has denied alleged reports that Iligan has already been infected with Influenza A(H1N1).

"We will be submitting report to the Sangguniang Panlunsod, this city, during its regular session on Tuesday to confirm such allegations only a rumor. We monitored all the hospitals and so far, there has been no reported cases of Influenza A(H1N1)", Villarin said.

"Our health education promotion officer, Carlito Ballesta, of the City Health Office (CHO) has lined up activities in our campaign against A (H1N1). And all health personnel, as front liners, have focused on advocacy and public awareness," explained Villarin.

The health officer added that they do speaking engagements to meetings and groups interested to know on influenza A(H1N1) and, at the same time, flyers and posters are distributed.

Further, there are also radio plugs and television interviews on influenza A (H1N1).

"The office also conducted monitoring to all schools in the city to determine if there are students coming from abroad enrolled or have just arrived for a vacation outside our country," said the city health officer.

She added, "Also, the military troops and the Philippine National Police are included in our advocacy to prevent infection of this novel virus."

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) has designated Davao Medical Center as referral center in Mindanao for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases while the Satellite Referral Hospitals will be the regional hospitals/medical centers of 16 regions.

"We encourage everyone to be vigilant and, if you have fever for two days or more, immediately consult a doctor," Dr. Villarin said. (PIA-Lanao del Norte) [top]

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