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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Philippines : DOH-7 starts giving A (H1N1) dose

Via the Global Nation:

" Almost a year after the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) reported the first suspected A (H1N1) case, vaccinations against the virus were given to local health workers.

“This is a simultaneous activity nationwide. We are prioritizing health workers because they are the first in line in treating patients,” said Dr. Enrique Sancho, DOH-7 A (H1N1) influenza point person and communicable diseases division chief.

“We have a supply of 13,000 to 14,000 vaccine vials in the region, with one vial equal to 10 doses. We are prioritizing the provincial offices,” he said.

“Cebu has 8,500 vials available. Bohol has 3,000 while the provinces of Negros Oriental and Siquijor will receive their supply directly from the central office,” said Sancho.

He said some 50,000 health workers in the Central Visayas will be vaccinated against the influenza virus."

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