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WHO recommendations to reduce risk of transmission of emerging pathogens from animals to humans in live animal markets or animal product markets

May 11, 2020

Editor's Note: This article was posted on https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus/who-recommendations-to-reduce-risk-of-transmission-of-emerging-pathogens-from-animals-to-humans-in-live-animal-markets (WHO) website dated March 26, 2020. THE virus which causes COVID-19 most probably has its ecological reservoir in bats, and transmission of the virus to humans has likely occurred through an intermediate animal host – a domestic animal, a wild animal or a domesticated wild animal which has not yet been identified. While the zoonotic source of the virus is currently unknown, the following general recommendations for reducing the risk of transmission of zoonotic pathogens in live animal markets apply: - Anyone visiting live animal markets, wet markets, or animal product markets should practice general hygiene measures, including regular hand washing with soap and water after touching animals and animal products, avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with hands, and avoiding contact with sick animals or spoiled animal products. Any contact with other animals possibly living in the market (e.g. stray cats and dogs, rodents, birds, bats) should be avoided. Attention should also be taken to avoid contact with potentially contaminated animal waste or fluids on the soil or structures of shops and market facilities. - The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk, or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices. Recommendations for people working in these markets: - Slaughterhouse workers, veterinarians in charge of animal and food inspection in markets, market workers, and those handling live animals and animal products should practice good personal hygiene, including frequent hand washing. They should consider wearing protective gowns and gloves while professionally handling animals and fresh animal products. Equipment and working stations should be disinfected frequently, at least once a day. Protective clothing should be removed after work and washed daily. Workers should avoid exposing family members to soiled work clothing, shoes, or other items. It is therefore recommended that protective clothes and items remain at the workplace for daily washing. - As a general recommendation, sick animals should never be slaughtered for consumption; dead animals should be safely buried or destroyed and contact with their body fluids should be avoided without protective clothes. Veterinarians should maintain a high level of vigilance and report any unusual event detected in any animal species present in the markets to veterinary authorities.

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11 simple ways to care for each other during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic

May 11, 2020

The new coronavirus, COVID-19, has many of us glued to the news, concerned for loved ones, and adapting our lives to deal with the changes the pandemic is having on our homes, schools, and work-places. It’s pretty tough. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING...

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DepEd-10 chief: Education has to continue at all costs

May 11, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City --“We make sure that education has to continue at all costs and in different modalities,” said Regional Director Arturo B. Bayocot during Talakayan sa PIA held recently.     The Department of Education (DepEd) announced August 24 as the opening of classes for the next school year. Bayocot said the opening may be face to face or online, depending on the local conditions of the area.     He said August 24 is still months away and they are hopeful that all will be back to normalcy.     However still, the director said the department is braced and ready to all possibilities. Face to face classes could be conducted having basic measures that include social distancing which will reduce class population to 15 persons.      If face to face classes will be a remote possibility due to COVID-19 pandemic threat, the mode of delivery of education will be made online.     He added that for students who lack access to the internet due to affordability of prepaid loads, poor signal, lack of gadgets since it would be hard for DepEd to provide gadgets to estimated 27 million students, and other hindrances, modular learning will be implemented.     This learning will be using printed modules and DepEd is starting to prepare these materials. Moreover, in the manner of educating the children in this mode, the director said that there are certain conditions to be followed and participation of both school, teachers and parents are essential.     "Just like the pandemic, education is everybody's concern and dili lang ni amo, dili lang ni sa eskwelahan, kundi atu ning tanan (not just of us in DepEd but all of us - school, community and parents),” he said, implying that 27 million human resources is at stake and has to be addressed.     “Education is everyone's concern and as a matter of fact, it already takes an entire village to educate a child,” he said.     Director Bayocot also answered queries regarding the possibility of staging graduation rites. He explained that again, they are not closing doors and are hopeful that all will be back to normalcy, though some schools were able to conduct graduation ceremonies on time.      He said if conditions will allow, local government will support and the Department of Health will certify to safe to stage graduation, then it will be conducted. (IJBD/PIA10)

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EXORBITANT RICE

May 10, 2020

EXORBITANT RICE. While politicians in Cagayan de Oro City argue whether to declare the city under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECG), this man shakes his head in despair upon seeing the prices of rice displayed at a store inside Carmen public Market in Barangay Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City.

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CLOSE STILL

May 10, 2020

CLOSE STILL.The stores inside Limketkai Mall remain close Sunday amid the Mother's Day celebration despite the fact that Cagayan de Oro City has been declared under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid 19).

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Army assists stranded UP students, back home in SurSur

May 9, 2020

BISLIG City, Surigao del Sur-Camp Jaime N Ferrer Sr, Brgy Maharlika--The 75th Infantry “Marauder” Battalion assisted the Office of the President - Presidential Management Staff (OP-PMS) Caraga Region during the turn-over of the stranded students from the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao to their respective hometown in Lingig and Bislig City, Surigao del Sur on May 06, 2020. Ms. Leigh Blanche Joville and Mr. Quincy Feliscuzo are students from the UP Mindanao who got stranded in Davao City and have stayed at Elias B. Lopez Dormitory of the said university since the implementation of lockdown. Proper coordination to the Local Government Units (LGUs), Philippine Army and Philippine National Police (PNP) was acted upon through OP-PMS Caraga for the transportation needed much more for the local task force guidelines that the said students will have to be quarantined. Further, the students have not been listed as Person Under Monitoring (PUM) or Person Under Investigation (PUI) of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) as they had been checked under the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) in Davao City. However, they will still follow the protocol of undergoing the 14-day quarantine to ensure the well-being of the people around them and as a protective measure. It is always better to be more cautious about the disease for the sake of everyone’s health. The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Lingig, SDS accompanied Ms. Joville’s mother while waiting for the arrival of Ms. Joville together with the personnel of Municipal Police Station, Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Municipal Health Officer (MHO). Likewise, Mr. Feliscuzo’s mother was also assisted by the troops of 75IB and waited at the City Health Office (CHO) in Mangagoy, Bislig City, until they’ve met with his son. Honorable Roberto Luna Jr, Mayor of Lingig, expressed his gratitude to 75IB and OP-PMS for the assistance and security provided during the transportation and turned-over of Ms. Joville to her guardian. Moreover, the MHO of Lingig further advised Ms. Joville regarding precautionary measures and other protocols as she would still undergo a 14-day quarantine period. In the same way, Mr. Feliscuzo would then undergo the same process as advised by the staff of CHO, Bislig City. Ms. Joville’s Aunt and Mr. Feliscuzo’s mother were thankful for the assistance the 75IB and the OP-PMS provided for their son and daughter to transport them back in their respective hometown. “Nagpasalamat gyud ko ug dako sa Philippine Army ug sa Office of the President sa tabang na ilang gihatag sa amo. Masaligan gyud mo sa karon nga sitwasyon. Daghang salamat kaninyo.” Mr. Feliscuzo’s mother said. Hence, Lieutenant Colonel Warren C. Munda, Commanding Officer of 75IB said. "It's not just you need to help, but you have to because serving the people is one of the purpose why we are here in the Philippine Army. To serve the people across the land." Lt. Col. Munda ended. The Philippine Army will always there to assist the people and community in whatever circumstances the country is facing. May it epidemic, endemic, and even pandemic, the Philippine Army will always provide assistance and security to ensure the safety of the Filipino people and its community. (PR)

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