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DoH steps up Zika virus watch at airports

  • Written by Lee Ann P. Ducusin
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THE Department of Health has ordered an intensified monitoring of passengers at the country’s airports to guard against the possible entry of the Zika virus.

Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial issued a directive to the Manila International Airport Authority calling for tighter monitoring.

MIAA General Manager En Monreal said his team maintains monitoring of passengers arriving in airports with DoH as the lead agency.
    
“Mayroon pong order na natanggap ang ating kasamahan na direktiba galing sa DoH, parang binibigyan sila ng instruction na magkaroon ng intensified monitoring lang po. Yan po ay ginagawa na rin mula pa noon,” he said.
    
“Hindi po nila tinanggal yung pagmo-monitor ng mga pasaherong dumarating. Sa aking pagtatanong, walang specific instruction for the change in monitoring. Kung ano ang ginagawa noon, ‘yun pa rin ang ginagawa ngayon,” he added.
    
Monreal said the MIAA received no reports of a passenger infected with the Zika virus or any other infectious virus.
    
“Sa ngayon wala kaming natatanggap sa aming tanggapan. Pero kung anuman ang kailangan nilang tulong, kami po ay agarang makikipag-usap at makikipag-coordinate sa kanila. Pero sa ngayon wala akong natatanggap na insidente o reports of any situations wherein meron na nagkakasakit or what,” he said.
 
Monreal noted that if a passenger tests positive of any virus, the MIAA and the DoH will get the name and address of the passenger.
    
He added that ambulances are on standby at airports to transfer a passenger to the nearest hospital.