UP webinar to bare all COVID-19, ‘Omicron’ updates

| Written by Deina Blancaflor

The University of the Philippines (UP), in partnership with UP Manila NIH National Telehealth Center and cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital (PGH), would like to invite you to join the fight against COVID-19.

On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) called for an urgent meeting to discuss the new variant of concern (VOC), later named ‘Omicron,’ first reported in Botswana and allegedly responsible for a steep rise in cases in South Africa.

This new COVID-19 variant sparked tension worldwide, causing countries to implement stricter protocols and travel bans and even close their borders to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi.

As of writing, the Philippines has not reported any cases of the Omicron strain. The Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has also suspended flights from several African and European nations.

What other measures should we be taking? Is Omicron more highly contagious than Delta? Is it resistant to our current vaccines? Where are we on both the vaccine and booster rollout of the country?

Find out the answers to these questions by tuning in to the second to the last episode of the “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series this year. This coming Friday, December 3, 2021, from 12nn to 2 pm, catch “What’s New? Nandito na ba ang Omicron: Updates on COVID-19 Clinical Management”.

Hear firsthand from our experts: Dr. Franco Felizarta, infectious disease specialist from the UP Medical Alumni Society in America (UPMASA); Dr. Jubert Benedicto, Head of the CCU-Management Action Team of the UP PGH; Dr. Jean Abalos, obstetrician-gynecologist infectious disease expert and Medical Director of Chong Hua Hospital; Dr. Benny Atienza, President of the Philippine Medical Association; and, Dr. Ted Herbosa, Special Adviser to the National Task Force Against COVID-19.

Dr. Benito P. Atienza, President of the Philippine Medical Association, and Dr. Stella Marie L. Jose, Deputy Director of Health Operations at UP PGH, will officially open and close the event.

Don’t forget to register for the webinar here and catch our weekly live tweets and streams via the UP System Twitter Account and TVUP’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

The “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series is the Philippines’ first and only frontline-focused medical webinar series. It pioneered the discussion, dissemination, and adoption of knowledge on COVID-19 treatment and management. Follow our accounts to stay connected with your credible online community.