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Suspected Cases of A(H1N1) in Davao Region turn negative

By Rebecca C. Espera

Davao City (12 June) -- The Head of the Department of Health Davao Preventive Emergency Management Unit and Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit, Dr. Rogelio Peņera, said that 19 of supposed 22 persons here in the region who were suspected of having the influenza A virus and who were isolated are negative in the result.

The 2 of the 3 who remained under observation are confined at Davao Medical Center (DMC), and 1 is in Davao Regional Hospital.

In an interview last Thursday (June 10) at Club 888 media forum at the Marco Polo Davao, Dr. Peņera said, all the 22 suspected cases of influenza A came from abroad and 3 or 4 of them are from the different provinces.

These 22 people who undergone observation were identified when these people went to their doctors, and their doctors referred them to DMC or Davao Regional Hospital, some of them went directly to DMC or other hospitals. He also said that so far no flu case in the schools has been reported since the class had start.

The awareness level regarding to influenza A here in the Philippines is not that massive yet unlike to United States, Japan, Hong Kong, and China where the area of information is enormous. In provinces there is only orientation conducted, and only the national and regional levels are prepared. "Kulang parin ang campaign but everything is under control", he alleged.

He further said that there is no need for the public to get panic because there is still no positive in the result, and everyone must go on with the normal activities as it seems to be.

Here in the region there is two isolation ward, one in DMC which has a capacity of four rooms, good for four persons and could be expanded, and one is in Davao Regional Hospital. He also said that the public is not yet allowed to wear mask but only those who are health workers.

Since the virus is cannot be considered yet as pandemic, the task force is still not in motion. As of now the operation center of the DOH is the one working for it. (PIA-XI) [top]

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