3 OFWs from Zampen tested negative of MERS Corona Virus PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2014 11:27

Three Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Zamboanga Peninsula who recently arrived from Abu Dhabi were tested negative of MERS-corona virus during a medial quarantine conducted by DOH medical personnel.

The three OFWs underwent medical check-up after authorities suspected them of having corona virus after one of the passengers together with them aboard a plane from Middle East was found positive of the said virus.

The OFWs are from Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay— a female, a male from Mampang, Zamboanga City and another male from San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur. They were located by personnel of the Department of Health with the assistance of policemen in their respective areas.

The OFW female from Zamboanga Sibugay was located by men of the Zamboanga Sibugay Police Provincial Office, then she was transported to Zamboanga City for medical quarantine and was escorted by Dr. Norvie Taruc of the DOH-RESU to prevent her to have contact with her immediate family members and to test if she is positive of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus.

The OFW male from Zamboanga del Sur voluntarily submitted himself for quarantine in coordination with the Department of Health 9 personnel and the test was conducted on him.

The OFW male from Zamboanga City was located by men of the Zamboanga City Police Office in coordination with the Zamboanga City Health Office.  He was brought to the Regional Health Office 9 for quarantine and the examination was conducted to determine the presence of Middle East Respiratory Symptoms-Corona Virus.             Based on the medical bulletin released by the Department of Health 9, the three Overseas Filipino Workers who underwent examination on the presence of MERS-CoV were found negative.

To recall, the DOH Manila recently coordinated with the PNP to locate all the passengers who arrived in the country, including three Overseas Filipino Workers, aboard Etihad Airlways, Flight Number EY 0424 that came from Abu Dhabi.  There were more than 400 passengers aboard and out of the total  passengers, one Overseas Filipino Worker was found positive of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus. This triggered a public alarm

Suspecting that some other co-passengers were contaminated with the said virus, the Department of Health sought the assistance of the police to locate all the Filipino passengers of the jetliner.

Immediately the Philippine National Police National Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City issued directives to all police regional offices to assist Department of Health personnel in their respective areas of responsibility in locating all passengers of Etihad Airways, Flight Number EY 0424 for them to undergo medical attention. – Dan Toribio Jr.