City Gov’t intensifies preventive measures vs COVID-19
LOOK: The inter-agency COVID-19 Taskforce of the City Government convened on Wednesday, February 19, to discuss the latest advisory of the Department of Health on public gatherings, as well as other updates on the health monitoring activities being conducted in several entry points of the City.
Acting City Health Officer Doctor Gloria Fabrigas led the meeting attended by representatives from the Bureau of Quarantine, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Philippine Ports Authority and Office of Civil Defense and the Department of Interior and Local and other City Government offices at the Tacloban City Training Center. Likewise present was Chairperson of Committee on Health of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Councilor Elvira Casal, and representatives of the different hotels in the City who were encouraged to come up with their health preventive measures.
CAAP reported that at least 2,700 arriving passengers submit to health screening and monitoring procedures at the DZR Airport daily. The procedures include filling out the health checklist forms and temperature-taking, among others.
Meanwhile, the Tacloban Port has started to enforce stringent health measures on incoming foreign vessels and have installed thermal cameras in the port area.
City Barangays, on the other hand, have started its COVID-19 initiatives through the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs). Out of the 138 barangays of the City, 104 have already organized its BHERTs which are mandated through DILG Memorandum Circulars Numbers 2020-018 and 2020-023 to help the government in its efforts to prevent the entry of the coronavirus scourge in the City.
The team is composed of an executive officer, a barangay tanod, and two barangay health workers, one of whom must be a nurse or a midwife, to be appointed by the Barangay Chairperson.
To date, Eastern Visayas remain free from COVID-19 and all 16 Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) have been released after testing negative in test results, according to the Department of Health.