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Camsur PDRRMC: 'All systems are in place' for COVID-19

Philippine Information Agency
21 Feb 2020, 13:38 GMT+10

PILI, Camarines Sur, Feb. 20 (PIA) - The Camarines Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) personnel, in preparation for COVID-19 worst case scenario assured that all "systems are in place" should the dreaded disease find its way in the province.

Just recently, 70 registered nurses coming from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Environment Disaster Management and Emergency Response Office (EDMERO) of the provincial government of Camarines Sur and Provincial Health Office (PHO) went through a specialized training on how to handle COVID-19 cases, particularly transporting Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) from their places of origin to the designated hospital or facility.

The training was conducted by the medical team from Bicol Medical Center under the supervision of BMC Point person for Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases (EREID) Dr. Jose Manuel Ranola and Dr. Nathalie Lazaro, BMC Public Unit Head.

Also to ensure that cases are handled properly and for a more efficient COVID-19 response, one ambulance will be solely devoted to transport PUIs or Persons Under Monitoring (PMUs).

Pursuant to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular No. 2020-023 otherwise known as the Amended Guide to Action Against the 2019 Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease, the provincial government of Camarines Sur have already initiated and conducted various activities to ensure that the province is ready in any case of eventuality.

This month, Camarines Sur PDRRMC have already conducted series of meetings including sending of issuances to MDRRMOs and BDRRMOs to alert the public and enjoin the cooperation of other government agencies to partake in the widest dissemination of information to avoid the disease.

Aside from the COVID-19 orientation to 70 nurses, some of the steps undertaken by the PDRRMC under its Chairperson, Governor Miguel "Migz" Villafuerte include the issuance of Blue Alert status, activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), thermal scanning of 400 participants during the Kapatiran 2020, health teaching and IEC dissemination in public schools and the Regional COVOD 2020 Protocol Updates (Surveillance and Response) held from Feb. 11-12 at Eurotel, Naga City. (LSMacatangay- PIAV/ Camarines Sur)

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