DOH releases tips to avoid illnesses in calamity-stricken areas

Maris Federez   •   December 9, 2019   •   946

A handout photo made available by Greenpeace-Philippines shows villagers working among damaged houses in the aftermath of Typhoon Kammuri in Legazpi city, Albay Province, Philippines, 03 December 2019.

MANILA, Philippines— The Department of Health on Monday (Dec. 9) issued warnings on the possible illnesses that might spread brought about by Typhoon Tisoy, particularly in Southern Luzon, and the continuous rains experienced in Isabela and Cagayan.

The health department said illnesses such as coughs and colds, flu, gastroenteritis, pneumonia, typhoid fever, cholera, leptospirosis, hepatitis A, hypertension, dengue, and malaria are not uncommon during calamities.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, nevertheless, assured that the department is ready to respond to the medical needs of the residents in areas severely affected by the climate disaster.

“Kumpleto tayo sa gamut. Kumpleto tayo ng mga tao […] Siyempre bumuo rin tayo ng mga teams, health emergency medical teams. They are the ones providing the care. Iyong tinatawag natin water, sanitation, and hygiene. The mental and psychosocial health services and all the logistics and supplies,” said Duque.

To avoid these diseases, the DOH advises the public on the following:

  • to get water only from safe sources. And if in doubt, boil the drinking water for two minutes;
  • make hand-washing a habit – use alcohol or hand sanitizer if the water is not available, before eating and after using the comfort room;
  • always cover food to protect them from flies, cockroaches, and mice;
  • refrain from wading through floodwaters, especially when with open wounds to avoid leptospirosis;
  • immediately change rain-soaked clothes to avoid coughs and colds that could lead to flu and/or pneumonia;
  • most of all, stay indoors and keep dry

The public is also advised to take heed of the authorities’ instructions and experts’ advice, particularly when there is a calamity that is expected to hit the country.  (with details from Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

ALAMIN: Mga paraan upang maprotektahan ang bawat tahanan vs COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   April 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Sa ilalim ng ipinatutupad na enhanced community quarantine, limitado ang kilos ng mga tao at pinapayuhan ang lahat na manatili lamang sa bahay upang mapigilan ang lalo pang pagkalat ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ngunit may mga pagkakataong kailangan mong lumabas ng bahay upang magtrabaho o kaya ay bumili ng mga pangunahing pangangailangan ng iyong pamilya.

Paano mo masisigurong sa iyong pagbalik ay hindi mo maipapasok sa inyong tahanan ang mapanganib na coronavirus?

  • Bago umalis, magdala ng alcohol o hand sanitizer.

Ipinapayo ng Department of Health (DOH) ang pagdadala ng alcohol o hand sanitizer kapag lalabas ng bahay. Gamitin ito na panlinis ng kamay kung walang magagamit na malinis na tubig at sabon sa paghuhugas ng kamay.

  • Habang nasa labas ng bahay, huwag hawakan ang iyong mukha.

Kung namimili o bumibiyahe, dapat iwasan ang paghawak sa iyong mata, ilong at iba pang bahagi ng mukha lalo na kung may ibang bagay ka nang nahawakan. Ito ay upang huwag pumasok sa iyong katawan ang virus na maaaring nasa iyong kamay.

  • Hubarin ang sapatos bago pumasok ng bahay.

Pagkauwi, agad hubarin ang suot na sapatos at mag-spray ng alcohol sa swelas nito bago pumasok ng bahay. Mas maiging ilagay ang sapatos sa itinalagang lugar sa labas ng bahay o malapit sa pintuan.

  • Hubarin ang isinuot na damit at agad labhan.

Pagpasok sa loob ng bahay, hubarin ang iyong damit at ilagay sa hiwalay na laundry bag. Agad itong labhan gamit ang tubig, sabong panlaba at kaunting bleach.

Kung ikaw ay medical worker at galing ka sa trabaho sa ospital, mainam na mag-disinfect ka muna bago pumasok sa loob ng inyong bahay. Ito ay upang maprotektahan ang iyong pamilya mula sa mga mikrobyo.

Kung gumamit ng personal protective equipment (PPE) tulad ng gloves at face mask, sinabi ng DOH na dapat itong ilagay sa isang selyadong bag bago itapon sa hiwalay na basurahan. Tiyaking nakasara ang pinaglagyan ng PPEs sa loob ng 72 oras bago iwanan sa labas ng bahay upang makulekta.

  • Itabi sa isang lalagyan at linisin ang lahat ng gamit na dinala sa labas ng bahay.

Ilagay ang bag, susi, barya at iba pang gamit na dinala sa labas sa itinalagang lugar o kahon malapit sa pintuan.

Ayon sa DOH, dapat linisin ang mga ito pati na ang ginamit mong bag sa pamamagitan ng pag-spray ng bleach na may halong tubig o 70% alcohol solution.

  • Maglagay ng sanitizer sa pintuan ng bahay.

Upang masigurong wala kang maipapasok na mikrobyo sa inyong tahanan, ipinapayo ng DOH ang paglalagay ng alcohol o sanitizer malapit sa pintuan ng bahay at linisin muna ang kamay bago pumasok sa bahay.

Kung hindi pa nakakapaglinis ng kamay, huwag munang hawakan ang mga bagay sa loob ng bahay.

  • Agad maligo pagdating sa bahay.

Ayon sa DOH, dapat hugasan ng mabuti at sabunin ang lahat ng parte ng katawan na nakalantad sa ere tulad ng kamay. Kuskusin rin ng mabuti ang katawan.

  • Maglinis at mag-disinfect ng bahay

Ugaliing maglinis at mag-disinfect lalo na ng mga bagay na madalas hawakan sa inyong bahay gaya ng doorknob.

Bago simulan ang disinfection, magsuot ng gloves upang maprotektahan ang inyong kamay mula sa mga kemikal.

Sa pagdi-disinfect ng mga kasangkapan, maaaring gumamit ng karaniwang chemical disinfectants sa bahay tulad ng alcohol, at bleach o chlorine solutions. Ihanda ito sa isang well-ventilated na lugar.

Mag-ingat sa paggamit ng disinfectants at iwasang malagyan ang mga mata, bibig at balat. Basahin ring maigi ang instructions sa paggamit nito.

Tiyaking maghugas ng kamay pagkatapos gumamit ng chemical disinfectant.

Payo ng health experts, patuloy na gawin ang mga hakbang na ito upang maiwasang mahawa sa mga sakit lalo na sa COVID-19.

Ugaliin ring maghugas ng kamay, sumunod sa patakaran ng social distancing, takpan ang ilong at bibig kung uubo o babahing.

Kung may sakit, mas maiging magpahinga at huwag umalis ng bahay, Kung kailangang lumabas ay magsuot ng face mask upang mabawasan ang panganib ng pagpasok ng COVID-19 sa inyong tahanan.

Typhoon Tisoy-hit members, pensioners can now avail of calamity loan – SSS

Robie de Guzman   •   December 27, 2019

Children frolic in floodwater in Naga city, Camarines Sur province, Philippines, 03 December 2019. EPA-EFE/JONNEL MARIBOJOC

MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Social Security System (SSS) who were affected by typhoon Tisoy may now apply for the Calamity Assistance Package (CAP) loan.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Aurora Ignacio said members and pensioners in Southern Luzon and Visayas hit by Tisoy may now avail of the calamity loan, direct house repair and improvement loan as well the advanced three-month pension program.

She added that the CAP program, which has a total fund allocation of more than P614 million, covers members and pensioners residing in areas declared under state of calamity by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

These areas include Batangas City; Mabitac, Laguna; Provinces of Quezon, Cavite, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque; Corcuera, Romblon and San Fernando in Romblon; and Province of Northern Samar.

“The CAP includes a loan assistance program which is a separate loan window from the regular salary loan,” Ignacio said in a statement Monday.

“Members can borrow up to P40,000 in calamity loan depending on their average last 12 monthly salary credit. The financial assistance is also open to pensioners who can avail three months advance of their monthly pension. Moreover, members can also apply for direct housing repair and improvement loan,” she added.

Loan application for Tisoy-hit SSS members is open from December 20, 2019 to March 19, 2020.

“Members who would like to avail of the Calamity Assistance Package are required to be registered in the My.SSS application to facilitate their billing requirements in the future,” Ignacio said.

The SSS Chief, however, clarified that members who still have outstanding loans under the Loan Restructuring Program (LRP) and previous CAPs, as well as those receiving pensions for total permanent disability and retirement, and those who have availed of the Pension Loan Program (PLP) are not qualified to avail of the calamity loan.

The SSS said the calamity loan is payable in two years in equal monthly installments with an annual interest rate of 10 percent and one percent monthly penalty for late payments.

To eliminate additional expenses on the part of member-borrowers, SSS waived the one percent service fee, it added.

Aside from the calamity loan, the SSS said that members with damaged properties can also avail of the direct house repair and improvement loan with six months moratorium in amortization and interest payments.

“Members can borrow up to a maximum of P1 million under this program which will run for one year or until 20 December 2020,” Ignacio said.

“To qualify, the applicant must not be more than 60 years old and with at least 24 monthly contributions, of which three contributions were remitted within the last 12-month period prior to the month of filing,” she added.

DA estimates Typhoon Tisoy damage, losses

Maris Federez   •   December 9, 2019

Fishermen secure boats in anticipation rain and strong winds brought by Typhoon Kammuri, in Cavite City, Philippines, 03 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines— The Department of Agriculture on Monday (December 9) released the estimated damage and losses brought by Typhoon “Tisoy”.

The department announced that Tisoy caused damage and losses to around Php 3.70B.

In a statement released on Monday, the DA said: “the volume of production loss on rice, corn, high-value crops, livestock, and fisheries amounted to 195,046 metric tons, affecting 132,166 hectares and 92,701 farmers and fisherfolks.”

It explained that the increase from the initial estimate of Php 1.93B happened when updated and additional reports from Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Ilocos Region, and Eastern Visayas arrived.

The DA added that, “The damage and losses are only equivalent to 1% of the estimated total rice production by the end of 2019.”

Based on the DA’s monthly projection, losses in rice production is only 9% of the projected production for December. The estimated loss in corn production, meanwhile, was only 1.56%.

The Department said it has an available Php 250 million from the Quick Response Fund (QRF) for rehabilitation.

“The Agricultural Credit and Policy Council (ACPC) allocated PhP 65 million under the Survival Recovery (SURE) Program for assistance. The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) will fast-track the release of indemnity to farmers and fisherfolk hit by the typhoon,” the statement added.

It further said that they have prepared a total of 93,711 bags of rice seeds, 17,999 bags of corn seeds, 1,979 kgs of high-value crops seed reserves ready for distribution to affected farmers who are ready to replant.

Moreover, 7,500 coconut seedlings from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and 151,142 bags of RCEF seeds for eligible RCEF beneficiaries from the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) are also ready for distribution in Region 5.

Affected fisherfolks in the region will also receive relief goods, tilapia fingerlings, and fishing paraphernalia (gill nets, bottom set long line, 30ft fiberglass boat engine) from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 5 (BFAR-5).

The DA also said that the concerned RFOs are still conducting field validation to give more accurate reports regarding the impact of Typhoon Tisoy. —mbmf


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