Price of dressed chicken in wet markets in QC drops following bird flu outbreak in Pampanga
UNTV News • August 14, 2017 • 8737
The price of dressed chicken in some wet markets in Quezon City has been reduced by 20 to 30 pesos after the Department of Agriculture (DA) confirmed last week the bird flu outbreak in San Luis, Pampanga.
In Mega-Qmart for example, from 140-150 pesos per kilo, chicken now only costs 130-135 pesos.
Some vendors said some of their customers might have been affected by the threat of the disease in Pampanga.
“We have not sold even half of our products, i think many people are afraid to buy chicken because of the bird flu,” vendor Michelle Peralta said.
Aling Ludy, for example, has cut the price of her chicken to P120 per kilo from P150 just to entice customers to buy from her.
“Because sales are low but we need to earn, we sell them at a very low price,” Ludy Gonzaga said.
Monday morning, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) inspected two wet markets and one supermarket in Quezon City to check on the price of chicken.
DTI Undersecretary Ted Pascua clarified that the public has no reason to worry because supplies in these markets come from Tarlac and Bataan.
Vendors also have national meat inspection service certificates to show that their meat products are safe to consume.
“The public should continue patronizing chicken, especially that the quality is evident, aside from branded products, some wet markets have quality management system,” Pascua said.
DTI said they will continue to conduct inspection in other markets.
While the public seems to be worrying over safety of chicken meat sold in markets, the Department of Health (DOH) clarifies that eating chicken itself will not cause the transmission of the disease to humans.
“We understand that in the following days, the sale of chicken might be slower, because the right information is not reaching the people. Eating chicken will not cause the transmission of the bird flu virus,” said DOH Undersecretary Eric Tayag.— Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday released a list of conditions for immunocompromised individuals that will qualify them for an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Immunocompromised persons with the following conditions are eligible for a booster shot:
Undergoing steroid treatment
Patients with poor prognosis/ bed-ridden patients
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH met with experts on COVID-19 vaccine to discuss and prepare the guidelines for the administration of booster shots for immunocompromised individuals (A3) and senior citizens (A2).
“Gagawin lang po namin ang guidelines and we will be announcing through our National Vaccine Operations Cluster kung kailan po maguumpisa ang pagbabakuna ng booster or 3rd doses para sa ating mga nakakatanda or A2 and those individuals with immunocompromised states,” Vergeire said.
The Philippine government started administering booster shots for fully vaccinated healthcare workers this week.
“There were already 2,488 booster doses administered last Nov. 17 among our healthcare workers. Meron ho tayong kaunti na nagkaroon ng reaction, it’s about 2 percent of all of these,” she said.
“Lahat po ay na-manage accordingly and they were all sent home na they were well. Wala tayong serious na adverse events na naitala para dito sa mga naka-received na ng booster doses,” she added.
Vergeire said that most of the adverse events reported were mild such as headache, elevated blood pressure, fever, and pain on the injection site.
She stressed that healthcare workers are not required to get an additional vaccine dose.
Vergeire also reminded the public that the booster dosing is not yet recommended for the general public, adding that its implementation to other priority groups will be done in phases.
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