CHO readies MERSCOV lectures for Hajj pilgrims PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:25

As part of its advocacy to protect the City and its residents from the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERSCOV), the City Health Office (CHO) will be conducting lectures on its prevention and control to individuals who will be making the Hajj pilgrimage.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos made this announcement as part of his report on health concerns during the press briefing Tuesday, June 3.

“We will be gathering the pilgrims and we will be giving them lectures on the prevention and control of MERSCOV, and the possible things that they should do si talya sila,” said Agbulos.

This health initiative, said Agbulos, will be done in coordination with the office of District II Representative Lilia Nuno.

The CHO has also requested the assistance of the Department of Health to provide pilgrims with additional health information and advocacies in order to intensify their awareness about the MERSCOV.

The MERSCOV as a viral respiratory illness which was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. People confirmed to have MERS-Cov infection developed severe acute respiratory illness and about 50% of these people perished. The clinical manifestations are fever, cough and shortness of breath

Prevention of this infection is done through control procedures—cough and sneeze precautions and washing of hands. — Jasmine Mohammadsali