BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 19 (PIA) -- While the region has no confirmed cases yet of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Department of Health (DOH) in Caraga said only one person is under investigation (PUI) for manifesting flu-like symptoms.
DOH Caraga Regional Director Dr. Jose R. Llacuna said his office with the help of the Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Disease (EREID) Task Force, local government units (LGUs) and other concerned agencies has intensified its campaign to address issues and concerns on COVID-19 in the region.
Llacuna called on Caraganons to continuously listen to the health advisories of the DOH and verify sources of information for public order and safety.
As of February 17, 2020, the DOH Caraga has only 12 patients under monitoring or PUMs.
Llacuna said, a total of 36 PUM cases were recorded in the region and 24 of these cases have already completed the 14-day monitoring period. Because of this, he emphasized to practice a healthy lifestyle, do the regular handwashing and proper cough etiquette to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. "Our PUI is recovering now with an only mild cough and no fever, the patient's specimen was already sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) for a confirmatory test," he said.
Llacuna has also commended the LGUs especially the surveillance officers for the implementation and monitoring of the PUMs during their home quarantine.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Port Management Office of Agusan del Norte has also seriously implemented the 14-day quarantine anchorage to one Chinese vessel M/V Jin Shui in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte that arrived in the area on February 7. Port Manager Mildred Padilla said, the 22 crew of the said vessel were all given clearance by the authorities of the COVID-19 disease.
Padilla said that on February 15, M/V Jin Shui has already sailed towards Tubay, Agusan del Norte for the loading of Nickle ore from Agata Mining.
Also, Padilla said that PPA Agusan with the help of the Rural Health Unit of Nasipit is continuously monitoring COVID-19 and checking passengers coming into the province using the non-contact thermometers. Passengers can also view the video materials on COVID-19 in the televisions installed at the passenger terminal of Nasipit for them to know, be aware and protect themselves from the disease. (NCLM/PIA Caraga)