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PIA Press Release
2009/06/30

DOH: Spread the information, not the virus

by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

Malaybalay City, Bukidnon (30 June) -- Dr. David Mendoza, Regional Epidemiologist of the Department of Health (DOH) in region 10 urges all Bukidnons to spread the medical information and not the virus.

The physician has been reacting to the public who have become panicky because of a confirmed case of AH1N1 in Bukidnon.

In an exclusive interview, Dr. Mendoza disclosed that there were a total of eight AH1N1 cases in region 10 as of June this year, and six of them were in Bukidnon.

"But these were just mild infections. The patients were not even admitted to any hospital in the locality and they were on their way to full recovery," he said.

Once again, the doctor reminds the public to observe coughing etiquette as the virus is transmitted through droplets from those already positive.

He said that based on DOH guidelines, coughs and sneezes spread diseases and that respiratory etiquette is basic good health manners.

Cough manners, based on the guidelines urges people to cover their nose and mouth with tissue or handkerchief every time they sneeze, cough or blow their noses.

Another very important reminder is proper hand washing lasting from 40-60 seconds with soap and water before touching eyes, nose or mouth and before shaking hands with other people.

If water is not available, they are told to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

The public is also cautioned against spitting on the floor, they must do so in a trash bin or on a small plastic bag.

When using handkerchief, they must wash it separately from clothing.

Patients who are sick are also advised to stay home, maintain a safe distance of one meter from other people when sick and never to share eating utensils, drinking glasses towels and other personal items.

Meanwhile, Bukidnon Provincial Health Officer Dr. Teresita Damasco said that Bukidnon hospitals have action plans to react and to respond to the cases that will be brought to their attention.

"There is nothing to be afraid of the viral scare because in case of infections, the illness can easily be treated and not as dangerous as dengue," Damasco further said. (PIA-10) [top]

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