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LGU Iligan imposes 'no face mask, no entry' in public market

March 27, 2020

ILIGAN CITY, Mar 26 (PIA) -- The Economic Enterprise Development and Management Office of the Iligan City imposed a "No Face Mask, No Entry" policy at the temporary public market located in Barangay Tambo, this city.    The strict implementation is in line with the declaration of enhanced community quarantine to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).   All persons going to the market are advised to wear a face mask before entering the entrance gate. They will also pass through the foot bath and misting tent for disinfection.    While inside the market, the face mask should be worn at all times.   Moreover, social distancing and proper hygiene will also be observed.    With the home quarantine pass issued by barangay local government units, only one person per household is allowed to go out to buy basic necessities. (LELA/ PIA ICIC)

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Iligan prepares COVID-19 Quarantine Facility

March 27, 2020

ILIGAN CITY, Mar 26 (PIA) -- The city government here has started refurbishing the third level of E and R Hospital to serve as the Iligan COVID-19 Quarantine Facility (ICQTF) and extension of Gregorio T Lluch Memorial Hospital's (GTLMH) isolation ward. A revamp of the said area has been taken into abrupt action after a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on its usage has been signed between the local government unit (LGU) of Iligan and the E and R Hospital on March 21, 2020. Expected to house a maximum of 25 COVID-19 patients, the immediate preparation of the facility is complete with a sanitation tent, triage, donning and doffing areas, and audio-visual CCTV cameras. With this state-of-the-art CCTV cameras, patients and healthcare workers could converse through it, minimizing exposure and viral transmission. "We're doing our best to finish this as soon as possible thinking of its urgency," said city councilor Macky Macapagal, chairperson of the committee of health and sanitation. Macapagal elaborated that before they started the rehabilitation of the location, they invited medical experts from the Department of Health - Center for Health Development Northern Mindanao (DOH-CHDNM) for further recommendations, proper planning, and actions to improve the facility, Aside from renovating the physical attributes of ICQTF, boxes of personal protective equipment (PPE) were already prepared. These PPEs are intended to be used by healthcare workers that will be looking after COVID-19 patients. Glenn Carlos, GTLMH Health Management Coordinator, said more or less 20 nurses, at least 6 doctors, and some maintenance personnel will be deployed in the ICQTF to suffice the need of the facility. "Currently, we already hired 15 nurses and 2 doctors. We are also fortunate enough to have 2 more volunteer doctors from a non-government organization who are all ready to serve here," Carlos shared. Meanwhile, volunteer doctors Greg Lewis and Jeffrey Larson from International Mission, expressed their insights while making rounds in the area. Larson commended the active response of the city government to fight against the COVID-19 crisis. "I've been very impressed by the thoughtfulness of their approach, how their planning to manage patients - being able to keep both patients and staff healthy and safe," Larson remarked. (CLViajante / PIA ICIC)

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Lanao del Norte LGU sends off 2nd batch of volunteer health workers

March 27, 2020

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte, Mar. 26 (PIA) --  The Incident Management Team of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte held a sending-off ceremony for the 2nd batch of volunteer medical personnel who will provide health care services to persons under quarantine inside the isolation facility at the Old Kapatagan Provincial Hospital.   The volunteers are Dr. Ian Mark S. Reponte, Nurses Jahhzeel Love V. Miquiabas, Sharmaine Verna A. Cayanong and Melba Grace Donio from Kauswagan Provincial Hospital, Nurse Kimverly V. Bautista from Kapatagan Provincial Hospital, and Ben Abaquita, the utility staff of Kapatagan Provincial Hospital.   They will replace the 1st batch of volunteers who will now undergo a 14-day quarantine.    Provincial Administrator and Deputy Responsible Officer of the Incident Management Team, Sittie Aminah Q. Dimaporo, expressed how grateful the Provincial Government and the people of Lanao del Norte for their decision in choosing to volunteer and submit themselves in a risky situation for the greater good of the people of Lanao del Norte.   Meanwhile, Incident Commander Lyndon G. Calica told the medical volunteers that the entire family of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte headed by Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo is rallying behind them.    He said the IMT will actively monitor the situations inside the isolation facility, provide necessary provisions, and extend spiritual and moral support at all times. (PLGU Lanao del Norte)   Photo credit: PLGU LDN

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Grocery, food stores, market in Marawi to open only during MWF

March 27, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- The Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID in Marawi City has implemented, effected Wednesday, March 25, limited days that grocery stores, food stores and wet markets as part of the 'enhanced guidelines' of the enhanced community quarantine. Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra said these establishments are only allowed to open every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays because it has been observed that there are still people who kept on staying these areas despite of the strict implementation of the community quarantine. Gandamra said the local government unit (LGU) aims to limit the movement of people outside to contain the spread of the virus. "Even if they don't have important business to do. What we want here is to limit the movement of the people to contain the virus but they are not following it," Gandamra said. He, however, clarrified that if a family ran out of food supplies and needs to buy some, they can talk to the cops around and knock on the stores. "We put considerations because we also don't want to curtail the needs of the people like their food supplies, medical needs or medicines and their treatment or going to the hospital," Gandamra explained. Establishments like banks, money transfer and pharmacies, since these are just limited, can open daily provided the management wilk follow the curfew hours from 6pm to 6am. With the new guidelines, Gandamra clarified that the home quarantine pass issued from the barangay has no expiration date and can be used the community quarantine is lifted. "We don't want to add the burden of the barangay workers by renewing every now and then the home quarantine pass," Gandamra said.  

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4ID Establishes Quarantine Checkpoints

March 26, 2020

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – The Commander of 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army inspected the area of operation of Task Force Oro in their established Quarantine Control Centers (QCC)/ checkpoints at the boundaries of Cagayan de Oro city early this morning, March 24, 2020. Task Force Oro in coordination with the Police Regional Office-10 has established its QCC at strategic locations identified at the boundaries of Cagayan de Oro city in response to the imminent threat posed by CoViD-19 pandemic. Said QCC served as preventive measures to stop the spread of the virus by regulating movement of the communities considered as probable hosts of the virus. The establishment of QCC is also in line with the PRRD’s Proclamation No. 922 “Declaring a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines” and the Executive Order 049-2020 signed by the city mayor, Hon Oscar Moreno, placing Cagayan de Oro city under community quarantine. MGen Franco Nemesio M Gacal, Commander of 4ID, said, “We must stop the spread of this killer virus and protect our community from this epidemic. However, said QCC should not hamper the continuous flow of food and non-food items for the community during the implementation of the community quarantine.” “We should also consider the movement of essential persons authorized in addressing this situation and ensure the unhampered delivery of our basic needs,” Gacal added. “We are experiencing a dramatic increase and acceleration of patients positively infected with CoViD-19 nationwide. Nobody is exempted from this epidemic. It is with solidarity amongst our government agencies and the community that we will emerge victorious against this CoViD-19 pandemic. Help us do our job, stay at home and observe the established health protocols,” Gacal ended.

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PUI in Iligan tested positive of COVID-19

March 25, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- The Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID in Iligan City confirmed in a press briefing this afternoon that a patient under investigation being admitted at a hospital in Iligan City was tested positive of COVID-19. The result of his swab test arrived from the Research Institute for Tropical Management, Tuesday, March 24. City Health Officer Dr. Cherlina Cañaveral said the patient is male, 46 years old from Masiu, Lanao del Sur, according to Iligan City Health Officer Cherlina Cañaveral. The patient, referred to as PH492 by the Department of Health (DOH), had travelled in Thailand on February 23 and came back to  Philippines via AirAsia on March 3. He was admitted in an unnamed hospital in Iligan on March 9 due to pneumonia and was taken swab sample on March 13. "He was about to be discharged because his status is developing but when the (COVID) test result arrived today, he was held so that he will continue his medication in a hospital," Cañaveral said. As of March 23, there ardm 19 patients under investigation in Iligan but only one has been in a hospital who is PH492. The other 18 are in a home quarantine for they have mild symptoms or asymptomatic.

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