CEBU CITY, March 26 (PIA) -- Heeding the government's call for "Bayanihan" amid the COVID-19 outbreak, local government units, including the barangays here, have embarked on various initiatives to help combat the spread of corona virus.
Apart from the heightened implementation of curfews and social distancing, Brgy. Camputhaw of Cebu City has dispatched a group of barangay health workers (BHWs), tanods (peace and order officers), together with some volunteers to conduct disinfection in common areas around the barangay and even to some households.
Barangay Health Workers Gloria Dano said this is Brgy. Camputhaw's small initiative to help counter the spread of the virus.
Equipped with face masks, gloves, and a few bottles of DIY disinfectant solutions, the group offers free disinfection of establishments' railings, door knobs, and car handles, among others.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), corona virus may persist on surfaces for a few hours up to several days.
To avoid contacting it, WHO suggests cleaning these surfaces with simple disinfectants, together with the frequent hand washing with soap and clean water.
"Our team has been going around several sitios within the barangay to offer free house-to-house disinfection," Dano shared in Cebuano. "While doing this, we also practice physical distancing and remind the residents of the importance of proper hygiene," she added.
The group also gives free disinfectants, a solution recommended by the Department of Health, especially to households that do not have access to it.
The Cebu City government, through its Department of Public Services (DPS), fire department, and other barangay units, have also conducted disinfection operations. (jktm/PIA7)