There’ll be no stopping Ebola’s spread in Philippines, says leading Filipino doctor of infectious diseases

AUGUST 2014 PHILIPPINES – The Philippines, the local primary and secondary hospitals will have a hard time containing its spread, according to an infectious disease specialist. At a health forum on Tuesday, Dr. Ludovico Jurao said the infection control committees in these hospitals were not fully capable of managing such a highly contagious disease and, without the help of experts; they may even contribute to an outbreak. “In containing Ebola, an infected patient must be confined to one room. But in secondary hospitals, patients stay in wards so the rate of transmission of diseases is high,” said Jurao, who is also president of the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID). Jurao said the PSMID had 200 members who could be tapped to help these hospitals. “There is really no way to curb the spread of the disease but through strong infection control measures in hospitals,” he said. But he also stressed that the key to preventing Ebola from entering the country was for those who come from Ebola-hit countries in West Africa, especially returning Filipino migrant workers, to fully disclose their health condition and their whereabouts upon arrival in the Philippines. He said some overseas Filipino workers had a tendency to keep to themselves information about their health to prevent them from being separated from their families.
“It’s really up to them… but we have to make sure they understand the risks of keeping pertinent information from their doctors, especially to their families,” he said. Jurao recalled a patient who created a Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (Mers-COV) scare earlier this year when she disclosed that she had come in contact with an infected person abroad two days after being admitted to a local hospital. “These OFWs want to go home to their families so they keep the information from us… it’s human nature. But they must be aware of the risks,” said Jurao. He also advised returning Filipinos to observe precautionary measures to ensure that they do not become the cause of the spread of the fatal disease in the country. -Inquirer
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8 Responses to There’ll be no stopping Ebola’s spread in Philippines, says leading Filipino doctor of infectious diseases

  1. Dennis E. says:

    Third world countries will bear the brunt of this virus. They don’t have the capabilities to treat, isolate the sick. The virus will run almost unabated with high death rates.
    I think we are on the edge of a world wide disaster.

    Liked by 2 people

    • lindeelou says:

      We will all be major players. This is planet stuff.. no boundaries. We will get to finally taste first-hand what it means to be interconnected; that separation (or seperated from) has always been nothing but an illusion.

      Major growth of the human should result.

      Its alwayys been said… learn with wisdom or through suffering. Our choice. Its been a long time comin’.

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  2. Peter says:

    Please look to colloidal silver to defeat ebola. CS kills over 650 pathogens including ebola, ecoli and many many more. Get the information and get empowered.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. g k says:

    If ebola is not transmitted by anything but body fluids, why do we see everyone dressed in full Hazmat suits?

    Liked by 1 person

  4. niebo says:

    So . . . is this a warning or a threat?

    Liked by 1 person

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