Precautionary Measures on H1N1 Virus - In the Kingdom

Precautionary Measures on H1N1 Virus - In the Kingdom

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This health advisory is release for all Filipinos in the Kingdom, specially to Filipino Muslim that are going to perform Umrah. This is a re-post the from our Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


07 June 2009


The Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Riyadh wishes to inform all Filipinos residing in the Kingdom that the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is implementing the World Health Organization (WHO) rules on the prevention of the spread of the deadly Swine Flu or Influenza A (H1N1) virus.

The Kingdom is anticipating the possibility of an outbreak of the Influenza A (H1N1) Virus in the Holy Sites of Makkah and Madinah (including Jeddah, the gateway to the two Holy Sites) during the holy month of Ramadhan when about three (3) million Umrah pilgrims are expected from all over the world. For this reason, the Saudi authorities have launched a comprehensive information campaign Kingdomwide to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Saudi international airports have put in place preventive measures to screen arriving passengers to avoid receiving person/s suspected of having been infected by A (H1N1). The Saudi Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Health have installed thermal cameras at all international airports for this purpose.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recommended several steps to avoid infection during the Umrah Season, noting that there is still no available vaccine for the A (H1N1). The public is urged to take the following precautionary procedures:

  • Avoid crowded areas like malls and recreation areas;
  • Use special masks whenever visiting any crowded areas, mosques and holy sites. Masks are available at all pharmacies in the Kingdom and can be used for several days;
  • Take care of personal hygiene at all times, specially going to the malls and shops;
  • Avoid touching various products displayed at the shelves;
  • In case of high body temperature, pain in joints, cough, headaches, and loss of appetite, immediately consult a doctor for proper medication;
  • Do not eat uncooked food; and
  • Do not take drugs unless prescribed by qualified physicians.

In this regard, Ambassador Antonio P. Villamor wishes to remind Muslim Filipinos in the Kingdom who may wish to perform the Umrah before and during the holy month of Ramadhan to take all precautionary measures to avoid Influenza A (H1N1) infection.

The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh would also highly appreciate it if any case of H1N1 infection involving a Filipino national could be reported immediately to the Embassy. END
For the Philippines Health Advisory on Influenza A (H1N1)


The Pope said...

Thank you for sharing this very informative post, right now it seems that the virus cannot be contained especially in the Philippines where a community outbreak has been declared by DOH unless an effective vaccine against it is implemented ASAP.

Here in Doha, it was officially reported in local newspaper that there were 3 confirmed cases of Swine Flu.

God bless.

Mokong™ said...

nice info Life Moto... sa workplace ko nauuso na rin ang mga preventive procedures...dapat lang dahil pharma company kami...

SEAQUEST said...

Thanks for all info even here in the Philippines at kahit san may mga preventive procedures ka talagang makikita....God bless.

Life Moto said...

Pope - mabut at konti lang ang tinamaan dyan. sa Saudi more than 40 na of yesterday. Medyo ingat and dasal na lang tayo.

Mokong™ - i am sure na marami na rin kayong na reach out na mga kababayan natin about this preventive measures. Ingat na rin dyan bro.

SEAQUEST - let us hope na ma overcome din ang problemang ito. marami na rin ang may phobia. ingat din dyan.


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