A( H1N1) deaths in RP now at 28, says re­port

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - Philippine Daily Inquirer - By Jerome An­ing

THE NUM­BER OF FATAL­I­TIES IN THE Philip­pines due to the In­fluenza A( H1N1) virus has reached 28 as of Sept. 3, the Trade Union Congress of the Philip­pines ( TUCP) said yes­ter­day, cit­ing a re­port from the Stock­holm, Swe­den­based Euro­pean Cen­ter for Dis­ease Preven­tion and Con­trol ( ECDC).

In a state­ment, TUCP sec­re­tary gen­eral Ernesto Her­rera said the ECDC’s daily up­date on the A( H1N1) pan­demic as of Sept. 3 stated that “ 20 new fa­tal cases have been re­ported in the Philip­pines since the coun­try last ac­counted for only eight deaths on July 29.”

The ECDC’s daily up­dates of­fer statis­tics of A( H1N1) con­firmed cases and deaths in coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries be­long­ing to the Euro­pean Union and/ or cov­ered by the Euro­pean Free Trade Agree­ment. The num­ber of deaths for se­lected coun­tries, in­clud­ing the Philip­pines and seven other South­east Asian coun­tries, was in­cluded in the re­port.

There were no fig­ures for cases in nonEuro­pean coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries.

Her­rera pointed out that the statis­tics on the non-Euro­pean coun­tries were based by the ECDC on “ of­fi­cial in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by na­tional pub­lic health web­sites, or through other of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels.”

The daily up­dates may be viewed at the ECDC web­site ( http:// ecdc. europa. eu/ en/ health­topics/ Pages/ Pan­demic_% 28H1N1% 29_ 2009_ Dai­ly_ Up­date. aspx). The INQUIRER checked the lat­est posted daily re­port, dated Sept. 5, which still placed the num­ber of fatal­i­ties in the Philip­pines at 28.

Fig­ure could be higher

The for­mer se­na­tor ex­pressed con­cern that the ac­tual num­ber of A( H1N1) deaths in the coun­try could pos­si­bly be higher than re­ported. He noted that Thai­land and Malaysia, which both have su­pe­rior sur­veil­lance of the dis­ease, have al­ready re­ported dozens of deaths.

The ECDC’s lat­est daily up­date listed a to­tal of 262 con­firmed A( H1N1) deaths in South­east Asia, bro­ken down as fol­lows: Thai­land, 130; Malaysia, 73; the Philip­pines, 28; Sin­ga­pore, 17; In­done­sia, 10; Viet­nam, two; and Brunei and Laos, one each.

Glob­ally, the ECDC said A( H1N1) had al­ready claimed a to­tal of 3,315 lives, ac­cord­ing to the ECDC re­port.

The TUCP has been urg­ing cor­po­ra­tions to adopt “ work­place con­ti­nu­ity plans” to as­sure work­ers “ the least pos­si­ble in­ter­rup­tion to their jobs and in­come” as the virus spreadsmor­e ag­gres­sively.

Weekly dis­clo­sure

Her­rera also ear­lier urged the Depart­ment of Health ( DOH) to re­sume its weekly dis­clo­sure of con­firmed A( H1N1) cases “ to keep the pub­lic in an el­e­vated state of readi­ness” in deal­ing with the po­ten­tially faster spread of the virus. He cited the need to put “ every­one in a con­stant high state of alert­ness, par­tic­u­larly in avoid­ance.”

The DOH re­cently ceased test­ing and re­port­ing in­di­vid­ual cases of A( H1N1), af­ter the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion ( WHO) stopped com­pelling coun­tries to do so.

On Sun­day, Her­rera urged the DOH to con­sider rou­tinely di­vulging to the pub­lic “ at least the num­ber of A( H1N1) cases ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tals and in­ten­sive care units, just like what health au­thor­i­ties are do­ing in other coun­tries.”

Mala­cañang on Fri­day or­dered the DOH to es­tab­lish ex­tra lab­o­ra­to­ries in pub­lic hos­pi­tals “ to ef­fec­tively man­age” A( H1N1) cases. It also in­structed the DOH to heighten the­mon­i­tor­ing of the A( H1N1) virus and im­prove co­or­di­na­tion­with theWHO­for real time ex­change of in­for­ma­tion on the dis­ease.

The WHO has warned gov­ern­ments around the world of an im­mi­nent surge in A( H1N1) cases. It said coun­tries could see cases dou­ble ev­ery three to four days for sev­eral­months, and “ it is cer­tain there will be more deaths.”

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