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PIA Press Release
2009/10/15

Negros Oriental IPHO warns public of AH1N1

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

Dumaguete City (15 October) -- The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) has urged the public to continue doing the proper handwashing with soap and water as safe defense to spread of A H1N1.

This was stressed by Dr. Dante Domingo, Provincial Health Officer as health department is celebrating Garantisadong Pambata this week which also coincides with the observance of the Global Handwashing Day on October 15.

The health chief reiterated his advice to anyone to wash hands regularly to prevent the spread of illness and germs. "Handwashing with soap can save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention," Dr. Domingo said.

While A H1N1 virus is transmitted through droplets of saliva and mucus from one person to another, mainly through coughing or sneezing, the doctor said handwashing with soap is a proven way to prevent the transmission of A H1N1.

The health official said for greater impact, "hands should be scrubbed with soap for at least 20 seconds after using the toilet, before eating, and before handling food."

The IPHO facilitates a handwashing drill which taught children on proper handwashing practice in some health centers where children are also given immunization, Vitamin A and deworming in support of the Garantisadomg Pambata (GP)campaign.

GP is a "campaign to support various health programs to reduce childhood illnesses and deaths by promoting positive child care behaviors. It ensures that all children below five years old receive health services needed by them to be healthy," according to the health department. (PIA/JCT) [top]

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