Mindanao Times

Bulacan undertakes standard infection control measures


CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan, -- All government­owned hospitals in this province, including infirmarie­s, have started implementi­ng standard infection control measures to safeguard residents against the threat of 2019 novel coronaviru­s acute respirator­y disease (2019nCoV ARD).

Governor Daniel Fernando said on Saturday that although there is still no reported case of the coronaviru­s in the province, the provincial government immediatel­y stepped up and mounted activities that will lessen the fear of Bulakenyos regarding the deadly virus.

The activities include massive informatio­n disseminat­ion and the activation of the infectious control team in every hospital through the Provincial Health Office-Public Health (PHO-PH).

“An isolation unit and holding area are also placed

in every hospital under the provincial government in case a patient shows possible symptoms of 2019-nCoV ARD,” he said.

Fernando said the rural health units, health centers, and private and public hospitals in the communitie­s are also on the alert mode in case of emergency; while active surveillan­ce in Provincial Epidemiolo­gy and Surveillan­ce Unit (PESU) is implemente­d for patients who will undergo check-up or patients who will be admitted to the hospitals.

Fernando also assured the Bulakenyos that the provincial hospitals are all equipped and ready, and that the province is following the directives of the Department of Health (DOH).

“In case the province reported case of nCov, the provincial government, our provincial hospitals, are ready and we are in line with the DOH’s instructio­ns. As of this day, we have representa­tives from PHO-PH to teach Bulakenyos the proper hand washing, coughing etiquette, and safety food handling,” he said.

Meanwhile, the PHOPH advised the Bulakenyos to observe the preventive measures, including thorough and regular washing of hands using soap and clean water; using tissue or handkerchi­ef to cover face when coughing or sneezing; avoiding interactio­n with animals without proper protection; proper cooking of meat before serving; using of facemask in public places; avoiding crowded places and people with symptoms of common colds and cough; and drinking enough water, eating nutritious foods and having enough amount of sleep to strengthen the immunity.

The 2019-nCoV ARD is a strain of virus that originated from Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China that can cause various types of diseases from common cough and cold to more serious complicati­ons, such as pneumonia and kidney failure that may lead to death.

The World Health Organizati­on has declared the outbreak of novel coronaviru­s as public health emergency of internatio­nal concern’.

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