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Ebola Virus Disease

Ph gov’t intensifies drive against Ebola


Ebola Virus Disease
Ebola Virus Disease


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government through the Department of Health (DOH) is intensifying its drive to combat the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, a Palace official said on Sunday,

In a radio interview with radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., said this was the directive President Benigno Aquino III gave to DOH.

He added, the DOH is set to undergo specialized training programs with the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Ang naturang pagsasanay ay bahagi ng preparedness plan ng DOH laban sa Ebola virus disease,” said Coloma.

This involves case detection and reporting, outbreak management and response, surveillance at points of entry, case management, interagency coordination, planning, and resource allocation.

He noted that this part of WHO’s comprehensive strategies that integrated the following elements: infection prevention control, contact tracing, case management, surveillance, laboratory capacity, safe burial, public awareness and community engagement, and national legislation and regulation to support country readiness.

Coloma reassures the public that the government is exerting all efforts to build up the country’s defense against the deadly disease.

“Lalong pinaiigting ng DOH ang paglatag ng matibay at matatag na depensa laban sa Ebola virus disease dahil batid natin ang mataas na mortality rate nito at ang panganib na dulot ng epidemyang ito,” said Coloma.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.