DOH-6 issues ‘code white’ China virus alert

first_imgAlso during a code white alert,emergency service, nursing and administrative personnel residing at thehospital dormitory shall be placed on an on-call status for immediatemobilization. Throat swab specimens were collectedfrom the three foreigners then these were sent to the Research Institute forTropical Medicine in Manila for analysis. ILOILO City – The Department of Health(DOH) in Region 6 has issued a “code white” alert for all hospitals as part ofefforts to shield Western Visayas from a novel coronavirus that has killed atleast 56 people and infected almost 2,000 since its discovery in the city ofWuhan in China. The code white alerted started on Jan.22, said Dr. Marlyn Convocar, DOH Region 6 director, and would go on “untilfurther notice.” The Kalibo International Airportservices direct flights to and from Wuhan City. New viruses can become common inhumans after jumping across the species barrier from animals. The SARS (SevereAcute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak of 2003 started in bats and transferred tothe civet cat which passed it on to humans. A code white alert refers to thereadiness of hospital manpower like general and orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists,internists, operating room nurses, opthalmologists, and otorhinolaryngologists,to respond to any emergency situation. “The suspected cases won’t be passing thepassenger terminal but through the ramp in going to the waiting ambulance,”Parreño stressed. This new virus also causes severeacute respiratory infection. Symptoms seem to start with a fever, followed by adry cough and then, after a week, lead to shortness of breath and some patientsneeding hospital treatment. Last week DOH confirmed that threeBoracay Island-bound Chinese visitors who entered the country through theKalibo International Airport were placed under quarantine in Kalibo, Aklan. The airport’s thermal scanner detectedthem with fever. According to Civil Aviation Authority of thePhilippines (CAAP) Iloilo Airport terminal supervisor Arthur Parreño, hisagency has tightened medical quarantine protocols. “We continuously monitor the entireregion. All health facilities are requested to report immediately all suspectedcases within 24 hours,” according to Convocar. The first to be quarantined, accordingto Dr. Cornelio Cuachon of the Aklan Provincial Health Office, was a29-year-old Chinese national. This was on Jan. 17. The second was athree-year-old girl on Jan. 18.The most recent, on Jan. 20, was a 65-year-old Chinese. The CAAP-Iloilo chief said his office is alsowaiting an order from their central office for the possible free distributionof face masks at the airport. On the other hand, joining the rest ofthe world in heightening measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus,the Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo started screening passengers arrivingfrom Hong Kong and Singapore for fever and flu symptoms.center_img Convocar said not only hospitals butrural health units, too, must be ready to act should there be suspected casesin their areas. The three Chinese nationals werereferred to the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbukon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH), said Dr.Glenn Alonsabe, DOH regional epidemiologist. “The 29 years old Chinese was advisedto stay overnight at the DRSTMH while the young girl was considered anoutpatient. The 65-year-old patient, on the other hand, is currently beingchecked at the hospital,” said Cuachon. There is no specific cure or vaccineyet. It may take time before the resultswould be known, said Cuachon. Based on early information, it isbelieved that only a quarter of infected cases are “severe”, and the dead aremostly – though not exclusively – older people, some of whom have pre-existingconditions. “Feverish passengers would be ushered to anisolation room,” said Parreño. Bureau of Quarantine personnel have beenposted on Aerobridge 3, the designated passageway of passengers arriving fromHong Kong and Singapore. Chinese authorities suspect a Wuhanseafood market that “conducted illegal transactions of wild animals” was thesource of the outbreak. Her office issued notices to governorsFlorencio Miraflores of Aklan, Rhodora Cadiao of Antique, Esteban EvanContreras of Capiz, Samuel Gumarin of Guimaras, Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo,and Eugenio Lacson of Negros Occidental. Hospital authorities would be contacted for anambulance that would take the passengers to the hospital for further examination. The thermal scanner has also been activated todetect passengers with fever – one of the symptoms of those infected with thenew coronavirus known also as 2019-nCoV. A coronavirus is a family of viruseswhich include the common cold. But this virus has never been seen before, soit’s been called 2019-nCov, for “novel coronavirus”. The Iloilo Airport services 50 flights eachday (25 departure, 25 arrival) including flights to and from Hong Kong andSingapore./PNlast_img read more

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Sunday a reminder of Carroll’s greatness

first_imgEuno Lee is a senior majoring in English literature. He is also the managing editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Euno What Time it is,” runs Wednesdays. The Super Bowl is finally over: The media circus has subsided, the game has been played, snacks were devoured, Tim Tebow got a contract to talk about how he didn’t need a contract and, oh yeah, the Seahawks won. They didn’t just win: They made the game boring. At halftime it was 22-0 with an unbearable number of close-ups of Peyton Manning looking more uncomfortable than John Boehner during the State of the Union Address.The mastermind behind the victory, of course, was none other than former USC head coach Pete Carroll. So when time expired, as a USC football fan above all things, I was a bit conflicted. Do I cheer? Am I happy for Pete Carroll?To rub salt on my imaginary wound, in his post-Super Bowl press conference, Carroll likened the Seahawk’s 43-8 victory to the Trojans’ 55-19 swamping of the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2005 BCS National Championship game. It’s a strange sentiment coming from someone who, most Trojans believe, hightailed it out of Los Angeles in the face of NCAA sanctions.The argument against Carroll is this: He left at an inopportune time. He didn’t embrace the Trojan spirit — he didn’t “Fight On.” As the saying goes, when the going got tough, Pete got going. It seemed that he left almost as quickly as he enamored himself to the USC faithful.On the morning of National Signing Day, the impact of the sanctions from the Carroll era linger: The Trojans are in the last year of their scholarship reduction, and will once again roll out a thinner roster than their competitors. The finger-pointing involving NCAA sanctions could last forever, but here’s why we can’t blame Carroll: The coach of the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks was, more or less, the same coach who recruited players at the college level for USC.But really, Pete Carroll did fight on — if you only consider his NFL career. He faltered in his first try at the helm of the New York Jets (6-10) and had a pair of playoff appearances but fell short of massive expectations in New England (27-21) before he was fired. In April of 2009, NFL Films named him one of the top 10 “Coaches Who Belonged in College” when weighing his NFL failures against his success at USC.With last Sunday’s Super Bowl win, Carroll went from a coach who “belonged in college” to the hottest coach in American sports.The Seahawks’ coach knows how to generate excitement — whether it’s bringing in Will Ferrell and Snoop Dogg on the sidelines at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, or Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to the Seahawk locker room. Above all things, Carroll is the consummate optimist. In an interview with former 49ers quarterback and ESPN analyst Steve Young, Carroll revealed his coaching philosophy that was developed in his years at USC.“Really what we did at ’SC, we tried to take care of the whole person and love these guys up and figure out what they could possibly become and then help them get there,” Carroll said. “You’ve got to create a vision for that kid. You’ve got to get them to buy in and then you coach them with that thought in mind. You do that with every person in the program. You treat everybody with great respect in that regard … You don’t have to worry about the games. That’s not even part of our thinking. We’re just trying to do the best we can do, knowing when we do that, we’re really hard to beat.”It’s impossible to hate Carroll as a person, and it’s tough to speak ill of his character when it’s amply evident that his positive attitude has led him to coaching success. Something about the culture in Carroll’s programs gives players a sense of calm in times of high duress, especially considering the Seahawks’ seemingly calculated dismantling of the Broncos in the Super Bowl.The argument for the Trojans supporting Carroll’s newfound professional football success is this: He was a Trojan once. He brought a culture of positivity to the Trojan locker room, a sense of brotherhood in the football program that echoed with Ed Orgeron’s “One Team, One Heartbeat” mantra last season. And as the saying goes: Once a Trojan, always a Trojan. Pete Carroll is a Trojan, in every sense of the word. It’s time we give him credit for representing USC.last_img read more

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