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In the wake of the Omicron threat, the Department of Health advises evacuees to follow protocol.

In the face of hazards posed by the Omicron variant in the country, a health official advised victims of Typhoon Odette sheltering in evacuation camps on Monday to follow minimal public health standards (MPHS).

“Wear your face mask properly, maintain a physical distance of at least one meter from people who are not members of your household, observe coughing and sneezing etiquette, frequent hand washing or sanitizing, and ensure adequate air circulation inside the evacuation centers,” said Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire during an online media forum.

Vergeire further urged LGUs to appoint safety officials within evacuation centers and create a separate area for the vulnerable population, which includes senior citizens and people with comorbidities, persons with Covid-19 symptoms, and people with other disorders.

“The Department of Health also warns of water-borne infections, food-borne illnesses, influenza-like illnesses, leptospirosis, and dengue fever.” To avoid cholera, typhoid fever, amoebiasis, hepatitis, and other diseases caused by filthy water, we must promote access to water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities, as well as ensure that water resources are safe for drinking and cooking.

The Department of Health has prepositioned a total of PHP11.8 million in medications, medical supplies, personal protection equipment, and Covid-19 supplies to provinces afflicted by “Odette” as of Dec. 19.

A total of PHP66.6 million in commodities is also accessible in the DOH Central Warehouse, while a total of PHP272.45 million in commodities is ready for deployment at the DOH Centers of Health Development (CHD).

Human resources for health and health cluster members have also been used by the DOH-CHDs to aid in surveillance, rapid health assessments, and disaster risk response.

To present, the Department of Health has identified seven health institutions in Caraga and Region 7 that have been destroyed, with a cost estimate of PHP8.3 million.

“These include three barangay health stations in Caraga, Madrid district hospital in Surigao del Sur, Siargao district hospital in Surigao del Norte, the Provincial Department of Health in Surigao del Norte, and the CHDs in the Region 7 compound,” Vergeire explained.

The country’s third instance of the Omicron type, according to Vergeire, was from a 36-year-old returning overseas Filipino (ROF) who arrived at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport from Qatar on November 28.

On December 4, a sample was taken from him, and on December 5, a positive result was obtained.

“The case finished his isolation in Cebu before returning to Cavite, his homeland, where he self-quarantined as soon as he arrived. The individual is currently completing his home quarantine in Cavite and has been asymptomatic since his arrival, according to Vergeire.

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