DOH’s response plan against Ebola virus

Ebola virus to enter the country might sound and actually be alarming. Filipinos need not be afraid beacuse the Department of Health (DOH) has rolled out a multi-sectoral response plan against the deadly virus.

During the first Ebola Virus Disease Summit held at Quezon City just recently, Health Secretary Enrique Ona annonunced that this response plan contains the interim guidelines for disease surveillance, notification and reporting of suspected Ebola virus disease cases; clinical management including laboratory testing from suspected cases; and infection control.

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City would serve as the national referral center for testing and analyzing emerging and reemerging infectious diseases says Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., in an interview over the state-run dzRB.

According to Coloma the RITM will be using the same methods being applied by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Suspected cases of Ebola numbered to 18 and all rendered negative results as RITM has examined them.

For now, the country is still free from the deadly virus.

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