Pinoy-health-workers-ebola-prep-protest News/Nation Title: Filipino health workers seek adequate response for Ebola.  Health workers wearing Ebola protective gear protested at the Department of Health (DOH) headquarters on Wednesday. Protesting in solidarity with health workers from the US and other countries, the workers denounced government’s inadequate preparations against the threat of the Ebola virus. (MNS Photo)

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Title: Filipino health workers seek adequate response for Ebola.
Health workers wearing Ebola protective gear protested at the Department of Health (DOH) headquarters on Wednesday. Protesting in solidarity with health workers from the US and other countries, the workers denounced government’s inadequate preparations against the threat of the Ebola virus. (MNS Photo)

MANILA, Nov 14 (Mabuhay) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) clarified on Friday that the peacekeeper who recently returned from Liberia but remains under quarantine and diagnosed with fever had long been experiencing malaria seizures, contrary to speculations that he might be afflicted with Ebola virus.

“Our peacekeeper had fever due to malaria,” Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, chief of the military’s Public Affairs Office (PAO), said.

Cabunoc declined to elaborate on the details because, he explained, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin issued a directive to the effect that only the Department of Health (DOH) is authorized to give updates on medical matters concerning the peacekeepers.

“We will follow the advise of DOH officials regarding our peacekeeper who has a fever. This should not cause panic because the AFP and DOH are on top of the situation,” Cabunoc said.

The 133 peacekeepers — 108 soldiers and 25 policemen — are currently being subjected to a 21-day quarantine on Caballo Island off Manila Bay after their arrival Wednesday from Monrovia, Liberia, having completed a nine-month United Nations-sanctioned peacekeeping mission. (MNS)