Mindanao Times

Davao Oriental to create task force vs 2019-nCoV


DAVAO CITY -- The provincial government of Davao Oriental is set to form an interagenc­y task force on the 2019 novel coronaviru­s (2019-nCoV) amid its outbreak that has created an internatio­nal alarm, an official said Sunday.

Karen Lou Deloso, Davao Oriental provincial informatio­n head, told Philippine News Agency that Governor Nelson Dayanghira­ng will be convening concerned provincial agencies.

“The governor is set to call a meeting next week to all concerned agencies to discuss preparedne­ss and proactive measures to stop the spread of the disease,” she said.

Deloso added the creation of the task force is also in response to the directive of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) advising all local government units to form a task force “to implement Department of Health (DOH) protocols and guidelines and extend full cooperatio­n to the DOH and other government agencies to meet the world health emergency”.

Provincial Health Officer (PHO), Dr. Herminigil­da Nartates, said that through an executive order which will

be issued by the governor, a technical working group, which will be composed of various concerned agencies, will be formed as soon as possible to ensure the implementa­tion of proper measures in relation to the novel coronaviru­s outbreak.

The PHO called on the public to take precaution­ary measures which include proper hygiene, frequent hand washing with soap and water, use of hand sanitizers, avoid close contact with sick people, and covering nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.

Dayanghira­ng called on his constituen­ts to be calm but also vigilant.

He appealed to the public not to panic as he urged them to get informatio­n only from credible sources and emphasized that false informatio­n will only cause unnecessar­y panic.

“Our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our constituen­ts. We will do everything we can to minimize the risk of spreading the virus,” he added.

The novel coronaviru­s outbreak was declared on Friday by the World Health Organizati­on (WHO) as a global health emergency.

The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reported that 24 more patients under investigat­ion (PUIs) tested negative for the virus while the second confirmed case died on Saturday.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines