With the addition of the largest single day of confirmed H1N1 cases of 23, the Philippine tally now balloons to 77. The Philippines now has the unenviable distinction of leading Southeast Asia in the number of confirmed H1N1 cases.
And yet, in spite of this development, the DOH still clings to its by now questionable pronouncement of "no local community outbreak"!
Here is DOH Update No. 37 straight from the DOH website:
Mark Salazar of Saksi filed this report brought to you courtesy of GMANews.tv:
I really hope that the DOH will now discontinue its secretive practice of not giving us the flight details of passengers who eventually turn out to be confirmed H1N1 cases. Secrecy will not help us in the fight against H1N1.
With the DOH's secretive contact tracing, sila lang po ang nakakaalam ng ginagawa nila. Kung isinapubliko nila ang mga flight details, matutulungan mo sila ng mga apektadong pasahero na magiging aware na meron silang nakasakay na H1N1 confirmed passengers upang pag-ibayuhin ang pag-iingat katulad ng mas aktibong self-quarantine, social distancing, at iba pang mga containment measures.
Just like in Con-Ass, transparency and truth will give the Filipino public a much better chance of success in fighting the menace of H1N1.