DoH on Bird Flu: Don’t Panic as Arrangements Have Been Done

H7N9According to a latest report, the Department of Health has recently explained that it has enough personnel in order to monitor the travelers who enter the Philippines and also to prevent the spread of H7N9 bird flu strain in the country.

This assurance was given by the DoH's Bureau of Quarantine on Wednesday. This assurance has been provided one day after Hong Kong reported that the fist human case of H7N9 avian flu has been found there.

It was also believed that this is a possible sign of spreading of the virus beyond the boundaries of the mainland China as this virus first emerged in China this year.

During a latest interview, Bureau of Quarantine Chief Dr. Egdardo Sabitsana said the agency comprises about 80 additional personnel in order to keep a check on the incoming travelers in the country's other international ports, including in Davao, Cebu, Iloilo and Aklan.

According to him, the additional personnel comprise doctors, assistant doctors as well as trained nurses.

He claims the country is equipped with thermal scanners, which are capable of monitoring body temperature of the arriving passengers.

Sabitsana said if any traveler is determined to be carrying the virus, the person will be straight away sent to a designated hospital.