ZCMC readies for MERS corona virus infection PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:57

The Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) has set aside a ward to handle any possible patient infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Corona Virus, now infecting some countries in the world.

ZCMC Chief of Hospital Dr. Romeo Ong on Tuesday said Ward 6, the respiratory disease ward and building, in the hospital complex will be the place where anybody afflicted by the disease will be admitted and treated.

The MERS corona virus was first reported in September last year and is being monitored by the World Health Organization (WHO) with the fear that it could cause a pandemic.

Ong said the hospital staff had been alerted against the disease and to watch for MERS’ symptoms such as fever and coughs.

Ong said MERS can be airborne just like the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus discovered in 2003 in China and Hongkong.

The use of surgical mask to cover ones nose and mouth can be used to prevent infection, Ong said.

Meanwhile, he assured that there has been no cases of MERS reported in the region but that it would be best if the hospital will be prepared.

He also said that health officials are also regularly checking on passengers in airports to see if they could be carriers of the disease.

He said doctors in the region are now aware of protocols to be observed in detecting and curing the disease because this is similar to the SARS alert of 2003. — LS