WHO declares 2019 n-CoV public health emergency of int’l concern

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. In a statement on Thursday, January 30, the WHO said its committee agreed that “the outbreak now meets the criteria for … Continue reading WHO declares 2019 n-CoV public health emergency of int’l concern

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Mango entry banned in Davao Gulf island city

BY ROGER M. BALANZA Bring ’em out, but don’s bring ’em in. The Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) has approved an ordinance banning entry of mango fruits and seedlings in a move aimed to protect from pests its growing mango industry. Mango production is the most promising industry in this island city, sitting in the Davao Gulf, more known for its white-sand beaches that have become a major tourism attraction in the Davao Region. Resolution No. 667, which took effect this month.  also called for creation of a team of government personnel deputized to guard entry points to the … Continue reading Mango entry banned in Davao Gulf island city

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Anti-dengue drive in Davao City now year-round

Schools get chemical-laced curtains to ward off disease               The City Health Office (CHO) is fighting dengue in schools with a permanent armor: chemical-impregnated curtains that trap and kill aedes mosquitoes, carrier of the deadly tropical disease.             DOH last week distributed rolls of the curtains, which shall be installed as screens classroom windows, to 19 schools in Davao City, as the agency expressed alarm that dengue, once a seasonal disease coming during the rainy season, has now become a year-round malady that strikes mostly children. YEAR ROUND DRIVE. The tropical disease that used to surface only during rainy season, … Continue reading Anti-dengue drive in Davao City now year-round

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