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DOH sets P10M for anti-swine flu drugs

Posted on: April 30, 2009

DOH sets P10M for anti-swine flu drugs

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 14:05:00 04/30/2009

Filed Under: Swine Flu, Health

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health will allot P10 million from its budget for 2009 to buy additional medicines against the swine flu virus, Secretary Francisco Duque said Thursday.

The amount can buy about 100,000 tamiflu capsules, which will be good for 10,000 swine flu cases, DUque told a press conference.

At present, the DOH has a stock of 600,000 capsules for 60,000 cases, he said.

The purchase of the capsules is in response to the alarm raised by the World Health Organization, which projects that the swine flu might reach pandemic proportions.

Duque also said that they were increasing the stock of personnel protective equipment for frontline health workers.

Meanwhile, Duque said they were looking into 300 pilgrims to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico from the Philippines.

He said they have communicated with Human Life International and the Mexican Embassy to release the names of the participants so that they could be quarantined upon arrival.

At present, Duque met with regional epidemiologists nationwide to reactivate the Health Emergency Management Task Force, a committee that seeks to control emerging infectious diseases such as swine flu.

The task force is composed of people who were part of previous groups that handled SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome], avian flu, and Ebola Reston virus.

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