18 Ilonggos in MERS-CoV watch; 11 in isolation, 1 remains untracked
By: Florence F. Hibionada & Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.
HEALTH officials are keeping close watch on 18 Ilonggos who flew in Tuesday last week with an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) allegedly exposed to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV).
Dr. Marlyn Convocar, Department of Health (DOH-6) regional director said the 18 passengers arrived from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on board Etihad Airlines Flight EY 0424. A total of 418 passengers were onboard the said flight.
Also onboard the same flight was a male Filipino nurse who initially tested positive for MERS-CoV, which has already killed over 200 people in the Middle East.
‘Don’t go home yet’
By: Florence F. Hibionada
HEALTH ministry officials of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) appealed to overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who may have been exposed to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona virus (MERS-CoV) not to go home just yet.
The call, which is contained in a series of advisories from UAE after MERS-CoV cases were detected, was specifically directed at Filipino nurses, paramedics, doctors and other health workers who may have had contact with MERS patients.
A 45-year-old Filipino from Palompon, Leyte who worked as a paramedic in UAE is one of the latest MERS-CoV fatalities.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday confirmed the OFW’s death of MERS-CoV in UAE.
Marine product exports still reeling from ‘Yolanda’
By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.
MARINE product exports from northern Iloilo remain tepid five months after Typhoon Yolanda despite assurances from the local and national governments that rehabilitation efforts are in effect.
The 2014 first quarter report of the Bureau of Customs (BOC-6) regional office showed that exports of assorted frozen marine products from northern Iloilo to Taiwan are way below compared to the same period in 2013.
BOC-6 data shows that export value of marine products from Iloilo totaled US$41,198.22 only, which is hardly half of the US$96,829.70 worth of products exported in the first quarter of last year.
“The operation of at least two companies exporting marine products were badly damaged by Yolanda, and their much reduced exports could indicate they hardly