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City Sets Up Defenses Against New Coronavirus [ Saturday, 29th of June 2013 | 5 years ago ]

Mayor-elect Edwin Santiago, together with Vice Mayor-elect Jimmy Lazatin, City Administrator Ferdinand Caylao and City Planning and Development Officer, Engr. Fernando Limbitco, were first employees to receive vaccine shots during kick-off ceremonies on Monday.

“The City has always been keen in safeguarding the health of its employees. It can be noted that we have already been giving free anti-flu vaccine since 2009 to lessen health risks. Since MERS-CoV posts threat globally, it is an imperative for health officials to put measures for prevention,” said Dr. Renely Tungol, CHO- rural health physician.

In September 2012, the World Health Organization announced the discovery of the new killer virus. As of May 23, 2013, MERS-CoV has been identified in several countries in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and United Arab Emirates), Europe (United Kingdom and France) and Tunisia.

Although there have been no recorded cases in the country so far, Philippine health authorities already set necessary countermeasures to prevent the entry of the respiratory disease. Airport and port scanners are in place to check passengers arriving in the country particularly those coming from the Middle East, where most of the cases have been reported.

In the City, health officials have already been conducting close monitoring and surveillance of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who are residents from the 35 barangays in San Fernando.

Common symptoms of MERS-CoV include acute, serious, respiratory illness with fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. MERS-CoV has been shown to spread between people who are in close contact and may even spread from infected patients to healthcare personnel. —CSF CIO

To boost the health of City Hall employees in preparation for any contingency, the City Health Office (CHO) this week conducted free anti-flu vaccination as primary defense against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), a newly discovered virus which already recorded 55 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection that have reportedly resulted in 31 deaths globally.

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