MISAMIS Oriental–Misamis Oriental is on high alert effective Monday after Malacañang declares a nationwide “State of Public Health Emergency” following reports of local COVID-19 virus infection.
Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano directed the Provincial Health Office to adopt measures that could immediately identify patients with suspected COVID-19 in the locality.
Provincial Health office Dr. Jerry Calingasan, said that Emano has directed the close monitoring of the province’s 23 towns and the tw0 component cities of El Salvador and Gingoog.
Calingasan said that the cities of El Salvador and Gingoog have been cooperating as the province steps up monitoring of possible COVID virus contraction in any of the province’s 424 barangays.
He said that Emano has issued Executive Order GYVBE No. 2020-001 in February activating the Barangay Health Emergency Team (BHERT) to monitor possible COVID-19 cases in the villages.
On Monday, Emano also ordered all provincial government employees, visitors, and clients to pass through a “thermal scanner” as part of the measures for an early detection of COVID virus infection.
In Cagayan De Oro City, health officials also directed all city hall employees and individuals to pass through the “thermal scanners” on entering the City Hall offices and premises.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque has recommended the declaration of the “State of Public Health Emergency” after health officials confirmed that the dreaded COVID-19 has infected individuals without history of travel abroad.
The 62-year-old male patient contracted the COVID-19 ailment locally and in the process also infected his 59-year-old wife who was in close contact with the patient.
The DOH said that under the “State of Public Health Emergency,” the national and local government units could adopt mitigating measures to avoid the spread of the virus.
Calingasan said that the health officials in Misamis Oriental have panicked after the DOH announcement that the COVID 19 virus now spread locally.
Emano, however, appealed for sobriety while urging all concerned to be alert in reporting any suspicious ailment that could be related to the COVID 19 to the authorities for proper action.