Makati Medical Center gave a briefing on current and likely future trends of infectious diseases in the Philippine context at a joint session of the Overseas Security Advisory Committee (OSAC), Manila Country Council, and the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham), Security and Disaster Resources Group (SDRG).
Johnny B. Sinon, MakatiMed Medical Director, gave the talk at the 8th Floor Tower 2 Auditorium on July 20.
According to Stephen P. Cutler, OSAC Chairman, they also hoped the meeting will encourage members to participate more fully in dealing with infectious diseases in their workplace and family environment, as well as the community at large.
Dr. Sinon discussed dengue, chikungunya, tuberculosis, leptospirosis, malaria, MERS-COV, H7N9 or bird flu, Japanese B Encephalitis, and Zika.
He discussed the diseases’ signs and symptoms, treatment, and preventive measures, such as vaccination, to avoid falling ill due to these diseases. The talk was followed by an open forum with OSAC and SDRG members.
AmCham was founded in 1902, first as the Manila Coffee Round Table and later as Manila Merchants Association. Incorporated in 1920, it has since then recognized and reconfirmed the commitment of American business to the development and welfare of the Philippines and the Filipino people.
OSAC was created in 1985 under the US Federal Advisory Committee Act to promote security cooperation between American private sector interests worldwide and the US Department of State.