ON THE heels of the death of a Filipina in the Kingdom Saudi Arabia (KSA) from the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-COV), the Department of Health (DOH) stressed Wednesday that the government is ready in case the deadly disease comes to the country.
According to DOH – Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases Program Manager Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, the public should be appeased that the health department is prepared to handle any MERS-COV cases.
"Matagal naman na tayong nakahanda at patuloy na naghahanda in case magkaroon ng MERS-COV sa bansa," said Lee Suy.
He said this include the predetermination of hospitals that will handle MERS-COV cases such as San Lazaro Hospital, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, and the Lung Center of the Philippines.This is virtually the only follow-up story I've been able to find; everything else is a rehash of the original report on the death of the nurse and the recovery of the second Filipina.
I've learned that a million Filipinos work in Saudi Arabia, and of course the money they send home is an important part of the economy. So one would think the Filipino media would be all over a story with serious domestic economic implications as well as posing a threat to the health of those overseas workers. But the media are pretty quiet.