Pagkakaroon ng lagnat ng isa sa mga Pinoy Peacekeeper, hindi dapat ikatakot ng publiko – AFP

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MANILA, Philippines – Nanawagan ang pamunuan ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) sa publiko na huwag mangamba kasunod ng kumpirmasyon ng Department of Health (DOH) na isa 133 Filipino peacekeepers ay nagkaroon ng lagnat.

Ayon kay AFP PAO Chief, Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, hindi dapat matakot at mag-panic ang publiko maging ang mga kaanak ng peacekeepers dahil kinakailangan pang kumpirmahin ang dahilan ng lagnat nito lalo pa’t may history na nagkaroon ng malaria ang peacekeeper.

“Wag po tayong magpadala sa mga rumors, inaasikaso ng ating health department ang lahat ng kinakailangan ng ating peacekeepers.”

“Ano klaseng lagnat, kasi ang lagnat sintomas lamang ito ng samu’t saring sakit, halimbawa nagutuman o nainitan o halimbawa sa change of weather,” saad pa ni Cabunoc.

Nakahanda namang sumunod ang AFP sa DOH kaugnay sa mga gagawing hakbang kung kailangan bang i-isolate ang nasabing peacekeeper, o dapat ba itong ilipat sa Research Institute for Tropical Medicines (RITM).

Ang Joint Task Force Liberia na may sariling support personnel ang itinalaga ng AFP na mag-asikaso sa mga pangangailangan ng mga peacekeeper at makipag-ugnayan sa DOH.

Ayon pa kay Cabunoc, may pagkakataon ang 133 peacekeepers na makipag-usap sa kanilang mga kamag-anak subalit tinagubilinan ang mga ito na huwag basta-basta magbibigay ng impormasyon partikular sa kanilang kalusugan dahil maituturing itong maselang impormasyon at nangangailangan pa ng pagsusuri at kumpirmasyon.

Binigyang-diin din ng AFP na walang naging direct contact sa Ebola high risk personnel sa Liberia ang mga Pinoy peacekeeper na dumating sa bansa noong Miyerkules.

Bahagi ng seguridad ng pamahalaan na maiwasang makapasok sa bansa ang nakamamatay na Ebola virus kaya inilagak ang mga naturang sundalo sa Caballo Island sa loob ng 21 araw. (Rosalie Coz / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

IATF approves Phl participation in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials

Maris Federez   •   May 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Upon the recommendation of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has approved the proposed participation of the Philippines in clinical trials that seek to formulate a potential vaccine against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Based on IATF Resolution No.39 dated May 22, 2020, the task force has also ordered the creation of a sub-technical working group which will be led by the DOST.

The group will be coordinating with the four collaborating organizations composed of the Department of Health (DOH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), and the World Health Organization (WHO) with regard to the said clinical trials.

The IATF has also issued a directive to the FDA to facilitate the processing of necessary permits for the conduct of the clinical trials in the country.

The collaborating organizations for the clinical trials are the Adimmune Corporation, Academia Sinica, Chinese Academy of Science- Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health, the Sinopharm – Wuhan Institute of Biological Products, and the Beijing Institute.

Once the clinical trials are undertaken, these will be included in the FDA’s requirements for the registration process for the vaccine and the application for certificate of registration to make the vaccine available in the market.

The Philippines has initially participated in the WHO’s clinical trials, which include the testing of off-label drugs that show potential of being effective against COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the IATF has also approved the plans of the DOST to construct research centers for the local vaccine research development.

These include the Virology S&T Institute at the New Clark City in Tarlac and the reactivation of the Pharmaceutical Development Unit of the DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute. —(from the report of Rosalie Coz) /mbmf

AFP to assist in distribution of SAP 2nd tranche in ‘problematic areas’

Robie de Guzman   •   May 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it is ready to provide assistance to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the distribution of the second tranche of the emergency subsidy under the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

In a statement on Wednesday, AFP Spokesperson Marine Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo said the military has coordinated with the DSWD to discuss the process and the security to be provided in the distribution of cash assistance especially in the ‘problematic areas’.

Arevalo said that ‘problematic areas’ include those where SAP anomalies were reported, geographically-isolated barangays in island municipalities and far-flung areas, and locations with reported presence of terrorists and other threat groups.

The military spokesperson expressed confidence that the military will be able to do its part in the mission, as they have undertaken a similar task in the past such as the distribution of election materials in hotspot areas.

“We will employ in this task our experience in distributing election paraphernalia during local polls,” Arevalo said.

He also said that the new task may “affect our security operations” in terms of troop adjustments, but he assured that this is “not enough to hamper operational success.”

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista, a former Philippine Army chief, on Tuesday revealed that the AFP and the Philippine National Police will assist them in the distribution of cash assistance as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Typhoon Ambo destroys DOH-CHD facility in Bicol region

Maris Federez   •   May 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Bicol Regional Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory (BRDRL) on Saturday reported the damage that its bio-safety cabinet has sustained in the onslaught of Typhoon Ambo in the region.

The BRDRL, which is operating under the Department of Health-Center for Health Development – Bicol, said the bio-safety cabinet is the machine it uses in processing the RT-PCR testing kits.

Because of this, the BRDRL will suspend accepting samples until the machine’s exhaust duct is repaired.

The 146 remaining samples that are already pending analysis in the laboratory as of Friday (May 15) will be brought to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Manila, it said.

Although the DOH has yet to determine when the BRDRL will be back to normal operation, the agency assured that they are doing everything to fix the problem and will have the machine repaired as soon as possible. — (with details from Correspondent Allan Manansala) /mbmf

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