DOH to screen Filipino Olympians upon return

WITH the threat of Zika virus still present, the Department of Health (DOH) is set to conduct proper screening procedures for the members of the Philippine Team set to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next month.

According to DOH Secretary Paulyn Ubial, the athletes shall undergo the necessary screening procedures, including undergoing quarantine, upon their return from Brazil.

“We will screen them when they get back. Quarantine and blood test. If negative within 24 hours, they are free to go home,” said Ubial in an interview.

She said the move is part of their precautionary measures amid the known prevalence of Zika in Brazil.

Still, Ubial said such a threat is not enough to stop the Olympians from participating in the quadrennial sporting event.

“Yes, they have clearance... Just do your best in the Olympics and make the Philippines proud!” said the health chief.

“Wala namang real threat to our athletes... none of them are pregnant,” she added.

To note, Brazil is one of the countries where there is a recorded local Zika virus transmission.

As a result, there have been several athletes from other countries that have opted to skip the quadrennial meet due to fears of contracting the disease.

A total of 12 athletes will represent the Philippines in the Rio 2016 Olympics, which is set to run from August 5 to 21. (HDT/Sunnex)
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