Bulletin : A Letter to the Parents of DLSU Students (15 June 2009)

Dear parents,

De La Salle University would like to thank you and acknowledge your continued faith and confidence in this Institution. I would like to assure you that the University remains a safe and clean campus for your child, and that we are exerting all efforts to contain the spread of the A (H1N1) virus from the cases already confirmed.

The University is in close contact with the Department of Health (DOH) and is strictly following all protocols required by the Department as well as by the World Health Organization, including full disclosure of all possible contacts of the confirmed cases to the DOH monitoring team for back tracing purposes.  The DOH team communicates with everyone on the list of possible contacts to provide them all information and medication, if necessary.  The process allows for a comprehensive approach to the containment of the virus spread while preserving the privacy of the persons involved.

DLSU has prepared extensively for this eventuality ever since the threat of the A (H1N1) virus manifested itself.  Before classes began in May, the University has saturated all communication channels with information on preventing the spread of the virus.  The DLSU web site (www.dlsu.edu.ph) is constantly updated for any medical, academic, or administrative inquiry. We also have a continuing campus-wide sanitation process to keep the campus a safe and conducive place for learning.

Meanwhile, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said the Department is preparing to shift its control strategy from containment to mitigation, which means that A(H1N1) cases will be treated as ordinary flu. He explained, "Those manifesting with mild symptoms can be managed and monitored at home so that only patients at risk who develop complications will have to be hospitalized." (DOH Update No. 35)

He noted that positive cases in universities were all declared as mild, thus there may be no need to order school closure in the future even with new confirmed cases. He also pointed out that "there is no need to wear masks, quarantine entire rooms or floors and suspend business activities." (DOH Update No. 35)

Be that as it may, we continue our extensive information campaign on the various ways to prevent and manage the spread of the virus, with the program "Be flu-less, not clueless! Information is the best protection." Activities include displaying of posters and streamers, distribution of pins and shirts, staging of exhibits, and announcements through the DLSU website and e-mails.

I hope these latest developments will strengthen our resolve and commitment as a community to effectively handle the situation.

Thank you very much for your continued support to DLSU.


In St. La Salle,


Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC
President and Chancellor

dlsu preventive measures and directives poster

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