PNRC sponsors orientation on bird flu control, prevention

VIGAN CITY – The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC)-Ilocos Sur Chapter in coordination with the Provincial Health Office (PHO) recently sponsored a one-day orientation seminar for core disseminators on the prevention and control of bird flu otherwise known as the Avian influenza.

The purpose of this one-day orientation seminar, according to PNRC Administrator Ma. Julia P. Amigable, is to equip the participants with valuable knowledge about the Avian flu, a form of infectious disease caused by migratory birds and domestic fowls.

Another objective of the seminar is to organize and train a core group of volunteer-workers in every municipality to disseminate valuable information on the prevention and control of Avian influenza or bird flu.

“Through these trained core disseminators, the people in the community, especially those in the rural areas, will be informed about this dreaded disease. They may also be made aware of the ill effects that may be brought about by infected birds and domestic fowls,” Amigable said.

Selected municipal officials and employees and volunteer health workers from the different towns of the province of Ilocos Sur attended the seminar.

Vigan City Councilor Germelina S. Goulart, chairperson, Special Events of the PNRC Board of Directors, was the guest of honor and speaker.

Reynaldo Ruiz, project coordinator, CHNS-PNRC NHQ talked about the “Insights on Avian Influenza Project”; Dr. Ernesto Mendoza, provincial veterinarian, Department of Agriculture of Ilocos Sur, explained the “Avian Influenza in Birds”; Dr. Rosalinda Quisada, provincial public health program coordinator, discussed  the “Avian Influenza in Humans”; Hermie Azares, Nurse III from the Provincial Health Office, talked about “Preventive and Promotive Actions in the Community.”

The following served as facilitators: Lucina Rabbon, CSR-CHNS; Richard Bilgera, CSR-DO199; Leo Jurado, CSR-139; Estela A. Regua and Mayanne Bersamina, Blood-bank personnel and Rosemarie Altares, clerk.