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Gov urges various sectors to conduct info campaign on AH1NI

by Andrew Doga-ong

Bontoc, Mt. Province (27 June) -- Governor Maximo Dalog urged all sectors in the province to conduct their respective information drives on the influenza A(H1N1) virus which continues to infect people around the globe including the Philippines.

This, as the governor this week sent communication to all heads and officials of government and private offices, schools, municipal and barangay government units, churches and other religious groups in the province urging them to find time to disseminate and discuss the health advisory on A(H1N1) to their respective personnel, members, students or constituents.

The Provincial Health Office earlier came up with a localized health advisory and a flowchart of management of suspected cases of A(H1N1) which is also being distributed to the various sectors.

Dalog said that through a concerted information campaign, more people will be more aware and informed to make the necessary precautionary measures against the novel flu virus.

The Provincial Chief Executive advised his constituents not to panic over A(H1N1) virus as he assured that provincial health workers and health facilities are prepared should there be infections among the people. He said medicines from the Department of Health and other recommended drugs that are effective in treating the disease are available at the hospitals.

In a briefing with officials of Philippine National Police, Department of Education and the local media, doctors from the provincial health office disclosed that there is no confirmed A(H1N1) case yet in the province.

However, Dr. Nenita Lizardo of the Provincial Health Office and Dr. Penelope Domogo advised the public to continue following the recommendation of health authorities as enumerated in the health advisory to help prevent the spread or getting infected with the virus. They said proper hand washing, cough and sneeze etiquette and other personal hygiene practices must be observed.

Dr. Domogo said the best defense against the virus and other diseases is to strengthen once immune system by observing healthy lifestyle.

The doctors also advised the public to report to their nearest health worker in their barangays any individual manifesting flu-like symptoms as they are briefed on managing suspected cases.

In the same briefing, DepEd Doctor Dalome Pekley demonstrated proper hand washing to remove possible virus that may have stick in the hands. (PIA-MP) [top]

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