CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, Feb 17 (PIA) - The Department of Health (DOH) Region IV-A has intensified its massive health education and information drive to increase public awareness on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
In a statement, the DOH Region 4A said its Rapid Response Team composed of health officials of the agency has been providing health education and information to various local health officers, public and private hospital staff, social workers, and barangay health workers in the region.
In a dialogue with private hospitals held on February 11, Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stressed that educating health workers on the COVID-19 is important as not to cause panic and hysteria.
"We have to educate and properly inform our health workers on what the disease is all about, its signs and symptoms, how to prevent its transmission, its treatment and what to do in case a patient is identified in their area," Janairo said.
Janairo empahasized that individual and community participation is important to prevent the virus from spreading
"There are so many things that we must learn and do to prevent the spread of the virus and it the proper information must start from us, 'health workers', to properly and accurately handle the information dissemination in the community," the regional health chief added.
To avoid misinformation, Janairo also urged the public to rely only on the official statements and updates from the DOH.
He also advised the public not to share unverified or fake news circulating on social media about the COVID-19.
"Importante na makinig lamang sa mga balita at official information mula sa DOH at huwag nang ikalat ang mga fake news na lumalabas at nababasa sa social media upang hindi magkaroon ng misinformation at magkagulo," Janairo said.
Janairo added that only the DOH is the only primary and credible source of information about the COVID-19.
Since the announcement released by China health authorities on the COVID-19 last January, it has caused panic to the public leading to the shortage of face masks due to fear of the virus. The new strain of virus has also led to proliferation of misinformation on various social media platforms.
As of Sunday noon, Feb 16, the DOH has recorded a total of 16 patients under investigation and no confirmed case of the coronavirus disease in the Calabarzon region. (PIA4A/DOH4A)