By ROCAYA SUMNDAD OTICAL YAHYA
BACOLOD KALAWI, Lanao del Sur: Local officials here conducted on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, a consultative meeting about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak that has been a growing concern all over the world.
Town mayor Nora L. Dipatuan led the meeting cum information drive and orientation held at the municipal hall which was attended by municipal officials especially from the municipal Rural Health Unit (RHU), representatives from the men in uniform, barangay chairmen, community leaders and stakeholders.
Mayor Dipatuan said the activity is in response to a memorandum from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to all local government executives to report and contain coronavirus cases in their respective areas.
She said this concern is not only the concern of the government but also concern of each and everyone for anybody could just be affected by the virus.
Dipatuan instructed barangay chairmen to monitor their respective barangay constituents and report immediately any unusual health issues to officials especially health authorities.
She also asked Bacolod Kalawi residents the maintaining of cleanliness in their surroundings and in eating and drinking of clean foods and water and to avoid crowded areas.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año on Saturday through Memorandum Circular 2020-018 ordered all local government executives to adopt stringent measures to intensify the information campaign on the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCOV) and report possible contamination in their respective areas.
The order came after the Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed the first nCOV patient in the Philippines, prompting government agencies and the private sector to adopt precautionary measures to prevent contagion.
“We need to be preventive now that there is a confirmed 2019 nCOV case in the country. Our governors, city and municipal mayors and DILG regional directors must ensure that the coronavirus will not thrive in their backyards,” Año said.
On Wednesday, the DOH reported that a 38-year old Chinese woman, who traveled from Wuhan, China, the origin of the virus, has been infected with the nCOV and is currently quarantined at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila. (With Junior Decampong)