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DOH assures assistance to cruise ship repatriates

Philippine Information Agency
27 Feb 2020, 14:38 GMT+10

QUEZON CITY, Feb. 27 (PIA) - The Department of Health (DOH) assured assistance to reptriated Overseas Filipinos (OFs) aboard the M/V Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III during the press conference on Wednesday said that all of the 445 repatriated overseas Filipinos are currently quarantined at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac together with the repatriation team from the DOH and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Duque noted President Rodrigo Duterte's order to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases to take all the necessary measures to ensure the health and safe return of our kababayans aboard the cruise ship, adding that the well-being of our fellow Filipinos no matter where they are is of utmost importance.

"Quarantined individuals will be assessed twice daily and will be provided with food, hygiene kits and appropriate health services. An ambulance team will also be on standby 24/7 to conduct hospital referrals if needed," said Duque.

He also assured that DOH hospitals in Central Luzon are prepared to cater to those who may manifest respiratory symptoms or fever.

Duque also noted that as observed in other countries, there is still a possibility that our nationals may eventually test positive upon their return. Should this happen, the DOH has prepared and equipped hospitals and laboratory facilities, and allocated necessary resources.

The health department continuously monitors the situation and will provide updates on the 14-day prescribed quarantine procedure based on evidence and new developments. Duque added that they have placed measures for the appropriate isolation and management of individuals who may eventually test positive for COVID-19 to contain transmission. (PIA-NCR)

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