Thursday, 30 October 2014

PIA News Dispatch - Sunday, October 12, 2014

Mount Mayon still under Alert Level 3, says Palace

Mount Mayon remains in Alert Level 3, despite lava flow activities early Sunday, a Palace official said.

"Batay sa pinakahuling ulat ng NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council), umiiral ang Alert Level 3 sa Mount Mayon na ang ibig sabihin ay ito: that magma is at the center of the volcano and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks,” Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., said an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

The NDRRMC estimated that the people in evacuation areas have now reached some 12,931 families or 57,633 persons, from two cities and five municipalities in Albay.

The Communications Secretary noted that the the total combined assistance extended by the government and non-government organization (NGO) is now at P88,773,524.

This came from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Office of Civil Defense, Department of Health (DOH), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), PhilHealth, Department of Education (DepEd), the Philippine Red Cross, and other NGOs.

Coloma added that members of the Cabinet are set to visit Albay to assess the situation in the evacuation centers.

These are Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Social Secretary Dinky Soliman, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, along with retired Admiral Alexander Pama, the executive director of NDRRMC. PND (ag)

DOH rolls out multi-sectoral response plan versus Ebola - Palace

The Department of Health rolled out a multi-sectoral response plan against the Ebola virus disease, MalacaƱang said on Sunday, amid lingering concerns that it might enter the country.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona announced during the first National Ebola Virus Disease Summit, which was held recently in Quezon City, that this 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.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., in an interview over the state-run dzRB, said 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 using the same methods being applied by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to Coloma, the RITM had so far examined 18 suspected cases of Ebola, which all rendered negative results, thus making the country still free from the disease.

“Ang lahat ng mga dapat na paghandaan ay pinaghahandaan ng ating Kagawaran ng Kalusugan at pinapatatag ‘yung ating depensa diyan sa Ebola Virus Disease at sa iba pang mga infectious diseases,” Coloma said.

There are currently over 8,000 reported cases of Ebola epidemic, which started in West Africa, with about 3,879 confirmed deaths based on the October 9 figures of the World Health Organization. Countries affected include Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and the United States of America. PND (hdc)