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Philippines: DOH Unveils New Hospital Buildings in Romblon Including Emergency Rooms and ICU


Health Secretary Enrique T Ona led the inauguration of several hospital buildings in Romblon that would be managed by the provincial government under Gov. Eduardo C Firmalo, a physician by profession. Firmalo, Vice  Gov. Jose R Riano and Rep. Eleandro Jesus F Madrona joined Ona open the new facilities of the hospital, including the emergency room and intensive care unit, the 2-story building serving as patients’ wards, surgery and obstetrics, out-patient department, x-ray an additional offices for hospital staff.
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Philippines: Duterte Urged to Use Aerial Drones for Disaster Emergency Response


Davao City: The chief of the city’s Public Security and Safety Command Center (PSSCC) here has drones for emergency response situations after testing a unit a week after the April 4-5 fire that hit two barangays in Isla Verde. Duterte, he said, would be the one to decide if the city can afford drones and whether to use the device recommended to Mayor Rodrigo Duterte the use of aerial drones as a tool in disaster and emergency response. PSSCC chief Francisco Villaroman said he has proposed to the city government to invest in aerial as a regular unit of the city’s Central 911 emergency response system.
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Philippines: Health Department Declares Public Emergency


Cebu /Iloilo City: The Department of Health (DoH) has declared a public health emergency to compel travellers from the Middle East to submit to quarantine and testing for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV). Department Order Number 001-2014, signed by Health Secretary Enrique T Ona on April 21 Monday, urged DoH agencies “to apprehend, detain/isolate, or place under active or passive surveillance individuals who may been exposed to the MERS-CoV infection and considered as dangerous contact.” The same order, which was issued upon the recommendation of the Bureau of Quarantine, specified that the DoH will w
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Philippines: QC Gov't to Require Malls to have Medical Team


Manila: The local government of Quezon City will now require all shopping malls in the city to have a clinic, an ambulance and a medical team that can provide necessary help in cases of emergency. The city will soon implement City Ordinance number SP-2281, Series of 2014, which requires mall owners to put up an emergency corner for shoppers who might need first aid treatment while inside the mall. The mall ambulance, meanwhile, should have basic equipment such as a stretcher, an oxygen tank, blood pressure apparatus, code blue kit, C-collar, long and short board and a splint.The medical clinic and ambulance will be a requirement before a ma
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Philippines: Measles Outbreak Declared in Maguindanaon


Cotabato City: The health department of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao declared on April 29 Tuesday a measles outbreak in Maguindanao and launched an inquiry on why field officials failed to disclose the 37 cases from January to April this year. Kadil Sinolinding Jr, ARMM’s regional health secretary, announced over Catholic station dxMS here that 37 Maguindanao residents had been afflicted with measles from January to April this year, but no report about it ever reached the regional government.
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