PH Ready for Vacationing OFWs amid Ebola Scare

MANILA – Malacanang said the government is still on top of the health situation in the country amid the arrival of overseas Filipino workers from abroad for the Christmas holidays.

In an interview with radio dzRB, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. asked the public, specifically the arriving OFWs, to follow closely health procedures to stem the entry of the Ebola virus.

“The manner of conveyance is through exchange of body fluids. It is best that the public knows what to monitor in order not to run the risk of acquiring the virus,” Coloma said.

He said the government continues to provide the necessary means and infrastructure against the dreaded virus, which has already killed thousands abroad, specifically in the West African region.

“We are doing all aspects of defense, such as information and awareness campaign, to surveillance and monitoring in airports and other ports of entry,” Coloma said.

Meanwhile, the peacekeepers undergoing quarantine at Caballo Island off Manila Bay are set to reunite with their families on December 3.

The peacekeepers are undergoing the 21-day quarantine there after their months-long duty in Ebola-stricken Liberia.

“[After the 21-day quarantine], they are free to reunite with their families. We thank them and their families for voluntarily sacrificing in order to show the public the relevance of health procedures against the Ebola virus,” Coloma said.


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