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SoCot health office prepares for ebola virus

HEALTH • 22:45 PM Thu Nov 20, 2014
Roel Osano
Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Rogelio Aturdido Jr (Photo courtestyu of Provicial Government of South Cotabato FB page)

KORONADAL CITY - To prevent the possibility of the deadly virus from coming to town andspreading, health authorities in South Cotabato has started strengthening its campaign against the deadly Ebola Virus. Dr. Rogelio Aturdido Jr, South Cotabato provincial health officer, said that after meeting with the Provincial Epediomology and Surviellance Unit (PESU) his office is now closely coordinating with other offices of the provincial government, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other government agencies. We would like to determine the role of each agency or office concerned for proper coordination if in case there will be emergence of the disease in the province,” Aturdido told DXOM FM Koronadal Thursday. The Department of Health (DOH) earlier declared that they are ready to deal with the highly infectious and fatal disease but local government units, including South Cotabato, are not as prepared.Because of lack of facilities, the protocol now in case there is detection of suspected Ebola Virus, patients will be admitted at the Cotabato Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Cotabato City and Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City. Aturdido said for now, the most effective measure to guarantee to preventEbola Virus from coming inis the active participation of the community. Aturdido appealed to South Cotabato residents who have family members working in Ebola virus inflicted countries to coordinate with their office for proper monitoring. If you have relatives working in Liberia, Sierra Leone and other countries in West Africa, please inform us with their arrival so that our monitoring will not only depend on national airports,” Aturdido said.

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