MANILA – Malacanang has reassured the public of intensified preparation and information campaign against Ebola virus after the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the deadly disease has already claimed nearly 7,000 lives in West Africa.
”We will continue to strengthen our capacity to have enough and appropriate responses against the threat of Ebola virus disease,” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in an interview with DZRB Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday.
Coloma said all aspects of defense are being put in place such as information and awareness campaign, surveillance and monitoring in the airports and ports, training for health workers and preparation of facilities for possible Ebola cases.
”All these are being followed by the Department of Health based on the health protocols being implemented by the WHO,” Coloma assured.
The Palace official also urged the Filipino people to cooperate to prevent the possible entry of the Ebola in the country.
”It is important for everyone to have enough information and follow the correct procedures to avoid the danger of Ebola and so that we will continue to become an Ebola-free country,” Coloma said.
Meanwhile, Coloma thanked the United Nations Filipino peacekeepers and their families for their ‘voluntary sacrifice’ to make sure that the country will remain Ebola-free.
The Filipino peacekeepers from Ebola-affected Liberia are set to end their 21-day quarantine period on Dec. 3 at the Caballo Island near Corregidor.
”After December 3, they are free to return to their respective families and in advance, we want to thank them and their families for their voluntary sacrifices,” Coloma said.