Even as the DepEd adopts what it calls "selective quarantine" instead of total school shutdown response to the rapid spread of the H1N1 flu virus in the country, two schools still suspended their classes yesterday because of instances of the virus infection.
These schools are Lourdes School in Mandaluyong and Karangalan Elementary School in Cainta, Rizal. At Lourdes School, classes was suspended for ten (10) days beginning yesterday after a student tested positive for H1N1. At Karangalan in Cainta, classes were suspended yesterday afternoon after three teachers and 43 students showed symptoms of H1N1 infection. Mayor Mon Ilagan of Cainta confirmed that Cainta already has one instance of confirmed H1N1 infection.
Under the "selective quarantine" strategy, only those students, sections or grade levels affected by possible infection or exposure to infection will be required not to report to their classes while they undergo observation or treatment either at home or in medical facilities. Ateneo, Miriam College and UP Diliman are among the schools implementing the "selective quarantine" strategy.
Jaypee Soriano of GMA News reported in the Saksi video below that as of Wednesday, June 18, there are already 71 confirmed H1N1 cases in 16 school, colleges and universities in the country.
My guess is that there is no choice for some schools but to suspend classes totally if they encounter H1N1 infection especially if that is the first time. That is the natural human reaction. No amount of strategizing on the part of the DepEd can prevent that.
Heto lang po ang suggestion ko sa DepEd.
Maging makatotohanan sana sila dahil kung noong nag-uumpisa palang ang problemang ito at pinayuhan po nila ang DOH na huwag isekreto ang mga detalye tungkol sa mga pumapasok na infection po dito sa ating bansa (katulad po ng mga flight number ng mga biyahe galing abroad na nagdadala ng mga pasaherong di kalaunan ay nagiging positibo sa H1N1), sana'y mas naagapan natin ang epidemyang ito at hindi sana ganito kalaki ang bilang at lawak ng H1N1 infection sa ating bayan.
It was obvious from the start that the one-way contact tracing implemented by the DOH was too slow in tracking those possibly infected.
If a two-way contact tracing system was adopted —meaning the DOH on one hand calling up people while simultaneously, on the other hand, the passengers in the affected flights (who would have been informed via TV, print, or radio that they came in with persons who eventually turned out H1N1 positive) contacting and/or reporting to the DOH —things would not have gone out of hand like it did now.
Katulad po ng usapin ng tuition fee moratorium na inanunsiyo lang ni DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus tapos ay hindi na inatupag. Yun ang tinatawag na announce and forget! Nanaykupo!
Ano po ba yung isang proyektong inatupag ng DepEd? "Noodles fortified with egg" na wala naman daw palang itlog, pagkamahal-mahal pa, at pagkatapos masita ng komite ni Senador Mar Roxas ay kinansela na lang? Aruykupo!
Matyagan po natin ang DepEd para naman umayos-ayos ang takbo.