Bulletin : Influenza A H1N1 Virus

DATE : 08 Jun 2009
TO : The Academic Community

FROM : Br. Armin Luistro FSC, President and Chancellor
RE: DLSU statement & updates on Influenza A (H1N1) confirmed cases

De La Salle University assures all its stakeholders, especially parents and students, that it is exerting all efforts to contain the spread of the Influenza 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 DOH and 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 while preserving the privacy of persons involved.

To date, the DOH has announced seven confirmed cases from DLSU. The first two identified cases are on their way to recovery and will be discharged anytime soon, while the third student has fully recovered and is staying at home.

According to DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, 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)

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. In the meantime, DLSU continues to undertake a campus-wide sanitation process in preparation for the re-opening of the campus on June 15.

Upon the resumption of classes, the University will be launching the second wave of our information campaign on the A(H1N1). The program will continue to communicate with our students, parents, media, and the general public the various ways to prevent and manage the spread of the virus. This will also impress upon everyone concerned that the campus is safe and conducive for learning.

For urgent medical inquiries, please call the University Clinic at (02) 536-0252.

For other concerns, please call (02) 526-5913. The full text of the latest DOH mitigation policy on the A (N1H1) is available at: http://www.doh.gov.ph/node/2312


Contact Information

Medical and Dental Services
Main: Ground Floor, Br. Gabriel Connon Hall
(Student Personnel Services Building)
2401 Taft Avenue, Malate
1004 Manila, Philippines
Tel. Nos.: (63.2) 536.0252; 524.4611 loc. 710
Email: University Clinic

Marketing Communication Office
21st Floor, Brother Andrew Gonzalez Hall
2401 Taft Avenue, Malate
1004 Manila, Philippines
Tel. No.: (63.2) 526.5913
E-Mail: Director for Operations