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Sorsogon remains AH1N1-free

by BA Recebido

Sorsogon Province (26 June) -- This province remains free of the Influenza AH1N1 virus, amidst the first recorded death of a 49-year old woman caused by the dreaded virus.

Dr. Edgar Garcia, provincial health officer here, assures the general public that the province remains AH1N1 free following rumors that a patient here turned out positive of Influenza A.

Garcia, however, admitted they referred a patient to the Bicol Regional Teaching and Training Hospital (BRTTH) in Albay but it is because they would like to make sure of other illnesses of said patient, and he can assure that the patient has only experience mild symptoms due to the changing climate and is negative of the virus.

"PHO closely monitors situations related and that the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU), along with MHO/RHU and BHERT, continues to make rounds to disseminate correct information related to AH1N1 flu including how to handle patients," he said.

Meanwhile, Influenza AH1N1 Flu Disaster Coordinating Council Crisis Managers for Sorsogon have already been organized, with Dr. Edgar Garcia as the Provincial DCC chief.

Garcia said the move was in consonance with the directives of Dr. Nestor F. Santiago, Director of Center for Health Development Region V and Regional Crisis Manager for Influenza AH1N1, by virtue of the National DCC Memorandum No. 27 s. 2009 dated June 5, 2009.

"The coordinating council shall ensure the implementation of our respective plan of action and shall manage all matters relating to the effects of Influenza AH1N1 flu in our respective areas of concerns," he added.

With the efforts jointly exerted, Garcia appeals to the public that there is no cause to panic, adding that increasing number of AH1N1 diagnosis in the country is expected since our health workers all over the country have been doing aggressive surveillance, good reporting and intensive contact tracing.

However, he also said that the public should never be too complacent.

"We should continue to be vigilant as we, in the government, continue to monitor if there are any changes in its trends and patterns," he stressed. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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