DAVAO CITY (PIA)- An official of the Bureau of Quarantine XI clarified that the government through there agency monitors not only arrivals from China, but also from Singapore, Hong Kong and other international flights.
Dr. Wilson Lim, Quarantine Medical Officer III of the Bureau of Quarantine XI said that the mysterious disease from China is not yet thoroughly identified but it may be related to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
"We continuously monitor the international flight arrivals through screening and surveillance. Suspected case like passengers with flu-like symptoms are immediately referred to the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit and the Southern Philippines Medical Center," he said.
Lim also said that their personnel is the first to board vessels coming to the city through the Davao Gulf.
He said no other authority is allowed to go onboard.
"Until the Bureau of Quarantine gives the clearance, the passengers have to wait before disembarking or going on board," Lim said.
He also clarified that no one among the latest arrivals either by air or sea has been monitored to have the flu-like symptoms.
Lim advised residents to do habitual handwashing and to cover one's mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)