The Provincial Government of Negros Occidental through the Provincial Health Office in collaboration with the Department of Health organized the Negros Occidental Provincial Infectious Disease Action and Control Committee (Negros Occ. PIDACC) that will coordinate inter-agency collaboration on the prevention and control of infectious diseases particularly the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
It was discussed, Monday, in a meeting held at the Negros First Provincial Blood Center in Bacolod City, aimed at orienting various stakeholders on EVD and emerging infections. The newly-created committee discussed the issues and steps to be taken preventing the entry and control of EVD in the province.
Emerging infections refer to those diseases whose incidence have increased within the past two decades or threaten to increase in the near future; among them are SARS, H1N1, MERS COV, and EBOLA.
Dr. Jessica G. Fama of the PHO gave an overview on EVD while Dr. Ma. Maila C. Bernabe of Dept. of Health Region VI discussed the actions taken by the Philippine Government, Recommendations and DOH Interim Guidelines.
Ebola Virus Disease is a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. It is a severe, often fatal illness, with a death rate of up to 90 percent.
Among its signs and symptoms include fever, intense weakness, headache, sore throat, joint and muscle pains; followed by vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver functions. In severe cases, there is internal and external bleeding.
An individual can get EVD through body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola (blood, vomit, pee, poop, sweat, semen, spit, and other fluids); through object contaminated with virus such as needles and medical equipment; and through infected animals (contact with blood or fluids or infected meat).
DOH records show that among the countries with widespread transmission include Guinea with 1,540 cases and 904 deaths, Liberia with 4,665 cases and 2,705 deaths, and Sierra Leone with 3,706 cases with 1,259 deaths.
PHO Head, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang said that the Negros Occ. PIDACC will also formulate and tailor provincial policies and protocols on public health surveillance, prevention and control of infectious diseases; and organize a standing source of experts on infectious disease management and control in the province.
Also present in the meeting were Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) head, Dr. Julius Drilon. /Capitol News
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