PNP to help transfer nCoV patients to quarantine areas
MANILA - To help prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Friday it is ready to assist the transfer of patients suspected of having the novel coronavirus to quarantine areas in the country.
PNP Chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa, said while still waiting for the concrete action plans of the government in addressing the possible health hazards posed by the new coronavirus strain from China, the PNP could offer its equipment to help in transporting nCoV-suspected patients to quarantine areas.
Gamboa assured that the PNP has enough equipment and personnel to assist in the government’s measures of preventing the spread of nCoV, adding that they still have N95 face masks that can be distributed.
“Basically, tutulong kami probably na dalahin ‘yung mga affected sa quarantine but we have to follow certain procedures and protocols,” Gamboa told reporters in a chance interview after the destruction of several video karera (VK) machines at the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Headquarters in Camp Karingal, Sikatuna Village.
He assured that policemen who will be deployed to provide security and transportation will be properly geared to protect themselves from contracting the deadly respiratory virus. while others will also be provided N-95 face masks if necessary.
“If needed, as a matter of fact, ineencourage na halos lahat to wear face masks. Marami pa kaming
sobra sa Taal so we can use that (Everyone is encouraged to wear masks. We still have leftovers from the Taal unrest),” he added.
He added that there is an ongoing “Cabinet cluster meeting” attended by joined by key government agencies to “thresh out the action plans of the government” to contain the spread of n-CoV in the country.
“Whatever their decision is, the PNP would always abide. The PNP will always be dependent on the disposition ng Department of Health because they are the experts,” Gamboa said.
In a separate statement, PNP spokesman, Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, said it would assist the Department of Health (DOH) in the monitoring of major entry points in the country.
Banac said the PNP Health Service has established a direct line of communication with the DOH.
Also, the PNP Maritime Group and the PNP Aviation Security Group are now on standby for mobilization “upon receipt of advisory or guidance from the DOH.”
He urged the public to remain calm and composed amid the first case.
“We assure the public that the PNP remains alert and vigilant to ensure public order and safety, and prevent criminal elements from taking advantage of the situation,” Banac said.
Meanwhile, PNP AntiKidnapping Group spokesperson, Major Rannie Lumactod, said they are implementing strict measures in its office in Camp Crame by requiring all visitors to pass through a scanner that will check their body temperature. Masks are also provided.