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PIA Press Release
2009/06/30

Maasin City remains AH1N1 free; reactivates BHERT to monitor at barangay level

Maasin City (June 30) -- Maasin City remains AH1N1 free, so far, no one ever reported to have contacted of the dreaded virus to the City Health Unit here, Dr. Francilisa Tan, head of City Health Unit 1, disclosed during the radio program over DyDM last Thursday.

Togeher with Dr. Teodulo Salas of City Health Unit II, who revealed that the city is not a sitting duck in this crucial times of public health even in the locality even as world wide contamination of AH1N1 is gaining ground.

He added that two weeks ago the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERT) here based in the city were re-activated and already given orientation for AH1N1 preparedness in compliance with the memo circular issued by Secretary Ronaldo Puno of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

That barangay health workers and barangay tanods were ordered to investigate new comers to their barangays especially those coming from Tacloban, Manila and abroad. They were further instructed to conduct automatic quarantine in 10 days within the households for those showing symptoms.

Then make the necessary report to the City Health Unit, who in turn will refer the case to Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) for further medications.

Dr. Salas further disclosed that medications for AH1N1 is free particularly to those with confirmed cases of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus.

Meanwhile, Maasin City Mayor Maloney Samaco earlier announced that he pledged support to procure alcohol, among other needed materials to ensure disinfection especially among the children. He might tap the resources needed from the Calamity Fund, he added.

It was learned that some schools having problems with the supply of water preferred to use alcohol in the absence of water. (PIA Southern Leyte/esg) [top]

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