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By: Marcel A. Florentino, PITO-La Union

The Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) led by Gov. Francisco Emmanuel R. Ortega III has convened the Provincial Task Force Against Emerging & Re-Emerging Diseases on September 13, 2017 at the La Union Technology and Livelihood Development Center (LUTLDC) in the City of San Fernando, La Union.

Governor Pacoy serves as the Honorary Chair whereas Dr. Hector T. Beñas, Provincial Health Officer, is the Team Leader. The focus of the meeting centered on updates with regard to the spread of Avian Influenza, Japanese Encephalitis, and other vector-borne diseases. It was attended by hospital chiefs, members of the La Union Provincial Police Office (LUPPO), and representatives from different key agencies.



Dr. Hector T. Beñas noted that timely information is of vital importance to prevent the spread of unnecessary public misconception, fear and panic. Dr. Beñas reported that the Malaria Elimination Hub in Naguilian District Hospital (NDH) will soon be fully operational. This is a vital step to declare the province a Malaria Free La Union. The Provincial Health Officer also vowed to strengthen the surveillance and reporting of the task force to heighten monitoring and efficiently address outbreaks immediately.

Dr. Rosario Pamintuan, Chief of the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit – Department of Health (RESU-DOH) - Region I served as the main speaker of the engagement. She reported that the suspected cases of people with the Avian Flu infection in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija have all turned up negative in laboratory testing. She assured that as of the latest reports, there are zero cases of transmission of the disease to humans in the Philippines.

The Provincial Task Force Against Emerging & Re-Emerging Diseases was originally formed in 2010 to combat the outbreak of Dengue. Since its inception, a significant decrease in Dengue cases has been observed over the years. Now, it is tasked with fighting all kinds of diseases, present and future threats and mitigating their damage in La Union.


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