Press Release/05 February 2020
In response to the threat of the 2019-NCOV ARD, the Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) has already prepared and identified health facilities with isolations rooms that will be utilized in various provinces in the event that an NCOV case will be identified in the region.
“In line with Secretary Duque’s directive to attend to all suspected NCOV patients seeking consultation and treatment, all public health facilities in the region with isolation rooms are now prepared and ready to accept patients who will be suspected or confirmed with the NCOV infection. Kasama na rin natin dito ang mga private hospitals na mayroong isolation wards. This is everybody’s concern kaya kailangan na nating magtulong-tulong. We have to maximize our efforts and utilize everything that we need to prevent the spread of the virus,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated during yesterday’s ‘Regional Preparedness and Response Meeting for the Prevention of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-NCoV ARD) held at Hive Hotel, Scout Tuazon St in Diliman, Quezon City.
The emergency meeting laid out a strategy for a unified preparedness and response plan, risk communication plan including case detection and referral system of person under investigation (PUI) and suspected cases as well as prepositioning and flow of needed logistics for various Provincial DOH Offices, Provincial Health Offices (PHOs), City Health Offices (CHOs) and selected hospitals of Cavite, Laguna, and Batangas Province.
“CALABARZON is the most populous region in the country and we have to protect our more than 15 million people from the spread of this virus. We must safeguard the entry and exit of the virus, including colleges/universities dahil meron tayong mga foreign students coming from identified countries with positive NCOV,” Director Janairo emphasized.
“Kasama rin dito ang mga factories dahil ang CALABARZON ang industrial gateway kung saan marami ang mga investment lalo na sa probinsya ng Laguna at Cavite and unfortunately marami sa mga companies are owned by foreigners.”
“Atin ding babantayan ang mga tourist spots lalo na sa Tagaytay kung saan malamig ang klima at mabubuhay ng mas matagal ang virus. These are the things we should take care of including ourselves as health workers. We need to take all the necessary precaution and information on how protect ourselves against the virus,” he added.
“Napakaimportante na nagkakaintindihan tayo at alam natin ang ating gagawin. This is not the concern of the regional office and the DOH alone, it is the responsibility of all Filipinos upang hindi tayo maunahan sa pagkalat ng 2019 - novel corona virus.”
He stressed out that one of the most important and effective interventions in public health response to 2019-nCoV is to proactively communicate what is known, what is unknown and what is being done to get more information with the objective of saving lives and minimizing adverse consequences.
“Remember, lahat ng sinisipon ay may corona virus. Dahil ang virus na ito ang cause ng sipon natin. It’s not necessarily na galing ito sa paniki gaya ng nakita nila sa China.”
“Ang pinakamabuting gawin ay ugaliing maghugas ng kamay bago at pagkatapos kumain gamit ang sabon at malinis na tubig. Make good hygiene practices a habit to prevent the spread of any disease,” he reminded.
Janairo enumerated other ways to prevent and reduce the spread of infections including getting the appropriate vaccine, staying at home when sick (so as not to spread the virus to other people), do not share spoons, cups, glasses and dishes, using a single-use tissue when coughing and sneezing and washing your hands after, do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth as germs and viruses can be transferred from into the body.