Mayor Rubiano urges netizens to be careful in sharing info about coronavirus

Published January 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jean Fernando

Pasay Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano appealed to netizens not to share or spread “unverified and misleading information” about the coronavirus issue.

Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

Rubiano’s appeal came after noticing few posts on social media such as Facebook and Twitter claiming that the virus had reached the city and that the lone public hospital in the city which is the Pasay City General Hospital (PCGH) has been quarantined because of the virus.

“It is very important for all of us, especially amid the heightened concern about the coronavirus cases in China, to be very careful in posting unverified information about this, more so, in sharing such information especially those that could mislead the public,” Rubiano said.

Upon verification made by Rubiano to PCGH Head Dra. Lou Ocampo reported “Those (posts) are not true. We have our own Infection Control Committee with adult and pedia specialists as members that continuously monitors this situation as well as all other infections that might reach Pasay,” quoting PCGH Nurse Supervisor Evangeline Nueva.

Rubiano also said the city’s health officials are in close coordination with members of the Bureau of Quarantine at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as well as the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine to monitor incoming passengers at the airport.

“Mag-ingat po tayo, Hindi po biro ang sakit na ito, kaya pinapaalalahanan po natin ang lahat na maging mapagmatyag at ugaliing maging malinis sa sarili at sa kapaligiran. Magtulong-tulong tayo para hindi kumalat ang sakit na ito,” Rubiano said.

For its part, Pasay City Health Office headed by Dr. Cesar Encinares has assured the public that it is ready to respond to the coronavirus disease should it turn up in the city.

Dr. Encinares said that per instructions of Mayor Calixto-Rubiano, the City Health Office has already alerted medical personnel of Pasay City General Hospital, the Philippine Air Force General Hospital, the San Juan de Dios Hospital, and the Adventist Medical Center Manila as well as those in the city’s 13 health centers to take care of patients suspected of contracting the disease.

He also that the city health office has provided personal protective equipment such as face masks and gloves to protect health workers from the disease.

The city health officer also advised the public to observe proper hygiene.

“Ugaliing maghugas ng kamay; iwasan ang contact sa mga hayop; lumayo at takpan ang bibig at ilong sa tuwing babahing o uubo; umiwas sa mga taong may sintomas ng ubo at sipon; uminom ng maraming tubig at siguraduhing luto ang mga pagkain; at agarang kumonsulta sa health centers kung may sintomas ng ubo’t sipon,” Encinares said.

Based on the latest reports, the Wuhan coronavirus (referred to as Novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV by the World Health Organization or WHO), has already killed 17 people in China and was reported to have spread in Taiwan, Japan, Thailand and South Korea.

WHO Philippines bureau however earlier announced that “there is no confirmed case of the 2019 novel coronavirus in the Philippines to date.”

The Department of Health (DOH) likewise cautioned the public against spreading misinformation about the new strain of coronavirus stressing that “There is no case of the new coronavirus in the country.”

The symptoms of coronavirus include cough, cold, shortness of breath, and difficulty in breathing.