DOH – Cordillera Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan, in a media briefing Tuesday, reminded the public that it is the responsibility of everyone to take care of their health and their family members. She reiterated the health advisory for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle, proper hand hygiene and to avoid crowded places as well as close contact with people manifesting flu – like symptoms.
For those who already have flu – like symptoms, Pangilinan advised them to seek medical consultations and stay at home as much as possible until they get better or fully recover, and to use face mask and practice proper coughing/sneezing etiquette to minimize the possibility of infecting people around them.
Statistics from the DOH – CAR Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit show that from January 1 to 25, there are already 597 ILI suspect cases recorded in the region.
On the 2019 – nCoV Acute Respiratory Disease, Pangilinan reported that as of February 10, Cordillera remains free from said disease. However, there are seven Person Under Investigation (PUIs) with four of them already tested negative for the virus.
PUIs are people who have history of travel to 2019 - nCoV -affected countries or have been in close contact with person infected with the corona virus and have been showing or manifesting flu- like symptoms.
There are also 21 Person Under Monitoring (PUMs) in the region. PUMs are those who have history of travel to 2019 nCoV affected areas that are not manifesting symptoms. Nine of these were already cleared.
Pangilinan said the number of 2019 – nCoV PUIs and PUMs may continue to increase with the intensified monitoring and contact tracing of the DOH Epidemiology Bureau in partnership with the PNP – CIDG, as well as the increasing public awareness and vigilance on the virus.
But she stressed that this should not cause panic or alarm as there is already a strict infection control system that is in place.
At the national level, as of Feb. 10 (12 noon) DOH 2019 – nCoV tracker, there are 261 PUIs currently admitted in different health facilities while 48 PUIs have been discharged under strict monitoring. There are also 109 PUI cases that tested negative and 202 with pending results, Pangilinan shared. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar