A monitor connected to a body temperature scanner shows passengers arriving from South Korea at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Tuesday. The WHO said the outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea is the largest seen outside the Middle East. (MNS photo)

A monitor connected to a body temperature scanner shows passengers arriving from South Korea at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Tuesday. The WHO said the outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea is the largest seen outside the Middle East. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Saturday reassured the public the government remains committed to address all health concerns involving the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the Department of Health has been prepared to address concerns affecting people’s health.

“That is commitment of this government, (to) address all concerns that will affect the health of the general population,” he said on state-run dzRB radio.

But he also maintained the government remains on alert against the possible entry of people with the disease.

He said screening is done at airports and other ports of entry.

The World Health Organization cited the Philippines’ handling of the latest case involving a 36-year-old male from Finland, who traveled to Saudi Arabia from June 10 to 18 and stayed in the United Arab Emirates overnight before traveling to Manila.

It said the Philippine Department of Health is carrying out active tracing of household and healthcare contacts and tracing passengers on the flights from Singapore to Manila. (MNS)