The Palace gave the public an assurance on Saturday that the Health department is on top of the situation as far as Zika virus is concerned.
Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said DoH is coordinating with other centers for disease prevention in other countries to fight the virus which have infected thousands of people in other parts of the globe.
There is also a need to understand the nature of Zika virus, he said. Like dengue fever, Zika virus is transmitted through mosquito bite. If the public observe cleanliness, there will be no transmission of Zika virus or other diseases.
“Kaya lahat ng ‘yan dapat ay pagtuunan natin ng pansin at handang-handa naman ang ating pamahalaan, maagap at masipag ang ating Department of Health at ang mga ahensya nito sa pagharap sa mga virus at sa iba pang mga banta sa ating kalusugan,” he said.
Coloma urged the public to support the DoH programs especially after the launching of AIDS hour aimed at raising awareness about the disease.
Part of the government initiative is disseminating information about HIV and AIDS to warn the public about the virus.
“Pagtulungan po natin ‘yan, nag-uumpisa po sa awareness, nag-uumpisa sa kamalayan na kung ano ang dapat gawin, kung isasapuso natin ito ay mas madali nating mapagtutulungan ang pagtugon sa banta ng HIV virus at ng AIDS,” Coloma said.