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Friday, June 2, 2023

COVID-19 omicron subvariant “Arcturus” XB.1.16 is found to be more contagious than other COVID variants


According to the Department of Health, COVID-19 omicron subvariant “Arcturus” XB.1.16 could evade immunity and is found to be more contagious than other COVID variants. The World Health Organization also labeled the variant as a “variant of interest,” which means it’s under close observation. 

 

According to the World Health Organization, one of the most universally recognized methods to help prevent the transmission of diseases is through practicing good hygiene, particularly regular handwashing. Proper handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds can eliminate various pathogens, including viruses and bacteria, from our hands.

 

Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines, the multinational consumer goods company with a diverse range of superior health care, home care, beauty, and grooming products, through its partnership with the Manila Water Foundation (MWF) and Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) donated Safeguard products to 12 public hospitals in Metro Manila. 

The donation is part of the Maging Ligtas, Mag-#SAFEWASH program which aims to raise awareness of the importance of sanitation and the healthy habits of proper toothbrushing and proper hand washing. 

 

The P&G Safeguard hygiene products will be used in the hospital washrooms and hand washing areas of the hospital compound. The donated products will also protect the front liners: nurses, hospital staff, and doctors who deliver critical health care services. The recipients of the P&G hygiene products are Antipolo City Hospital – System Annex 3, Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center in Marikina, East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City and Mandaluyong City Medical Center, Ospital ng Makati, The Pasig City General Hospital, Pedro Gil Lying-in Center in Manila, Philippine Blood Center in Quezon City, Philippine General Hospital, San Juan Medical Center, Sta. Ana Hospital – Manila, and the Taguig Pateros District Hospital.

Philippine General Hospital representative Niña Zabal said the donation will be a big help to the PGH community, especially the patient and health workers who are most in need of protection amidst the increase of the positivity rate of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines. 

 

P&G is a consistent nation-building partner of the Philippines through its business, investments, and superior products that promote health and hygiene. The Company’s partnership with MWF has helped educate underserved Filipino communities on the importance of hand hygiene to our overall health. Most recently, P&G in partnership with MWF donated Safeguard Handsoaps to LRT2 commuters. 

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