MANILA, August 16, 2014—The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Health Care (CBCP-ECHC) assures the public that the office joins the Department of Health (DOH) in closely monitoring the impending danger of Ebola virus, which had already killed hundreds in Africa and might spark a probable worldwide pandemic if left unchecked.
Fr. Dan Cancino, CBCP-ECHC executive secretary, shared they are confident that DOH is taking the necessary actions to ensure it can handle a “life-or-death” situation in case the lethal virus enters Philippine territory.
The priest said the facilities of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), the hospital specializing in diseases like the one caused by Ebola, in Muntinlupa City, must be prepared and kept up-to-date.
According to Cancino, the most the Filipino public can do at the moment as a preventive measure is to learn as much as they can on the “killer” virus, especially the symptoms associated with it, and the places of outbreak, and to offer prayers that will put a stop to the onslaught.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Health Emergency had earlier raised the alarm on Ebola as it continues to be a serious health hazard, particularly in African countries. (Raymond A. Sebastián)