CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, February 12 (PIA) - The Laguna Provincial Health Office (PHO) affirms that government hospitals in the provonce ensure health protocols are strictly implemented as they handle the persons under investigation (PUIs) for 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease (NCoV ARD).
Out of the 26 PUIs in the Calabarzon region from the data of Department of Health (DOH) as of February 10, 2020, 18 were from the province of Laguna. However, 9 out of the 18 PUIs in the province to date have previously been discharged as they tested negative of 2019 NCoV.
"Lahat may history ng travel abroad at may symptoms na sila ng fever at cough and colds (All of them have history of travel abroad and already have symptoms of fever, cough and colds)," Laguna Provincial Health Officer Dr. Rene Bagamasbad told Philippine Information Agency Calabarzon (PIA 4A) specifically pertaining to the PUIs of Laguna.
Also, Dr. Bagamasmad said during his radio guesting in Usapang PIA, PIA 4A's radio program aired at Radyo Natin 106.3 Laguna, that the Laguna Medical Center in Sta. Cruz and San Pablo District Hospital have admitted PUIs and assigned an isolation room for prevention protocol.
Samples through throat swabs are being obtained from the PUIs and sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) for testing. The result takes around 24 hours to be released.
"Mayroon tayong ibinaba na tinatawag na Decision Tree, nakalagay po roon na ang hinahanap lang natin (upang masabing PUI) ay apat. May symptoms ka na lagnat, ubo at sipon, ikaw ay may travel sa China o sa ibang bansa, at mayroon kang history ng close contact with the confirmed case," he explained.
("We laid down a Decision Tree that indicates four factors to determine PUIs, which are as follows: you have symptoms such as fever, cold and cough, you have traveled to China or other countries, and you had close contact with the confirmed case.")
Laguna PHO preparations
Dr. Bagamasbad assured that the Provincial Government of Laguna and PHO are intensively preparing.
The provincial government placed hand sanitizers and will reserve face masks to be given to clients who may have symptoms in the reception areas and entrance of their offices.
Thermal scanners will be placed in the entrances in case the provincial government offices would be crowded and trainings in using the scanners are underway, he said.
Moreover he said, "Lahat po ng activity ng provincial government na gaganapin ay lalagyan na po ng health corner na pwede makapagtanong o i-check iyong temperature (We will be putting health corners in all the activities that the provincial government will be conducting where people may inquire or check their temperature)."
The provincial government has already started procuring necessary tools and equipment to handle 2019 NCoV cases.
While, the public hospitals have been aligning their procurement to this preparation by procuring additional supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the employees such as gown, gloves and masks, among many others.
"Para naman maging well-motivated ang staff natin para to take care doon sa mga may sakit (So that our staff will be well-motivated to take care of those who are sick)," he added.
He also said that they formed a network of ambulance transporters who were trained and will be provided with PPEs to mobilize the PUIs.
All health staff from the provincial down to the barangay level are well-oriented on their role in this endeavor, he added.
"Nananatiling NCoV-free ang Laguna (Laguna remains NCoV-free)," He pronounced. (Joy Gabrido/PIA 4A)