Publiko hindi dapat na magpanic sa NIPAH virus ayon sa Kamara

Walang dapat na ikatakot ang publiko sa kumakalat na NIPAH virus sa bansang India.

Ito ang inihayag ni House Deputy Majority Leader Janet Garin na dating health secretary.
Sinabi ng Kongresista na ang kailangang gawin ng gobyerno sa pamagitan ng Department of Health o DOH at Local Government Units o LGU’s ay bigyan ng tamang impormasyon ang publiko kung papaano makakaiwas sa NIPAH virus.

Ayon sa Kamara hindi na bagong bagay ang NIPAH virus dahil noon pang 2014 ay mayroon ng naitalang kaso sa bansa at sa pamamagitan ng tamang kaalaman ay agad itong nakontrol at hindi na lumaganap.

Ipinayo ng mambabatas sa publiko na ugaliin ang paghuhugas ng mga prutas bago kainin ganun din ang pagpapanatili ng proper hygiene upang makaiwas sa anumang virus na maaaring makapinsala sa kalusugan ng bawat indibiduwal.

Pahayag ni House Deputy Minority Leader Janet Garin;

The official reports and safety precautions should be issued to prevent Filipinos from acquiring the virus.

It is not yet time to panic due to NIPAH virus. However, the public must be informed about the virus and its symptoms.

Dapat ay mayroong actual and reliable information to the general public without being an alarmist so hindi po pwedeng takutin ‘yung tao pero dapat alam nila ‘yung totoo at bakit nangyayari ito.

There should be an immediate collaboration between the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) for aggressive surveillance.

From Ebola to Zika to Merscov to COVID 19 to NIPAH this overemphasizes the need to prioritize surveillance centers in each DOH regional hospital immediately. Little investment in office and experts can go a long way.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc), the NIPAH virus is usually transmitted from animals to humans, adding that people can also become infected if they have close contact with an infected animal or its body fluids.

The Philippines is not new to NIV as the country had cases in 2014 with documented transmission from fruit bats to horses to humans in which the feeds of horses were contaminated with bat urine and secretions.

Resilient as we are, we were able to contain it. It was one of my ‘baptism of fire’ when i joined DOH. I have strong faith in our experts, but information from them should be laymanized to the public.

Washing fruits and vegetables should not be taken for granted. Not only NIPAH but other viruses as well. Teach our children the importance of washing fruits and not directly eating them from the trees—frequently hand washing with soap and water. Proper hygiene. These are lifesaving measures. Should always be remembered, never to be forgotten.”

Vic Somintac

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