By Minerva Newman
DUMAGUETE CITY – The Negros Oriental Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU) has already identified and accounted for 25 persons under monitoring (PUMs) and five persons under investigation (PUIs) as of Monday, for having personal contact with a couple confirmed positive for 2019 novel coronavirus who to Dumaguete City, January 21 to 25, 2020, according to the Negros Oriental Incident Command Station (ICS) on Monday.
Dr. Liland Estacion, in a briefing at the Capitol Monday, said that the 25 PUMs were placed on self-quarantine and were advised to refrain from having close contact with other people, while the five PUIs are now at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) for isolation and proper medical care.
Estacion, the assistant provincial health officer, bared that two of these PUIs are currently having fever. The rest have occasional coughs and sore throat.
Negros Oriental Roel Degamo is contemplating on giving the PUMs financial support at P5,000 each from the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) Fund, considering their absence from work because of their self-quarantine.
Degamo instructed the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) to assist only those who were identified by the DOH-RESU-PESU team to have direct contact with the couple.
He reminded the people of Negros Oriental that based on statistics, the rate of infection with the virus is very minimal considering that we only had five PUIs even after almost 190 hours since the last contact.
In the same ICS briefing Monday, the issue on the lack of a medical doctor who will take care of PUIs currently isolated at the NOPH was raised and Gov. Degamo called up DOH-7 regional director Dr. Jaime Bernadas requesting him to provide one medical doctor for the purpose which was immediately granted.
On the implementation of Provincial Executive Order No. 4, Degamo has ordered the Provincial Legal Office (PLO) to revise its provisions so it will be cascaded down to the barangay level.
Under the EO, hotels and establishments – which continue to receive online bookings and walk-in accommodations even after the issuance of EO#24 – shall bear the expenses of individuals for the remaining period of their mandatory quarantine, Provincial Information Officer Bimbo Miraflor told Manila Bulletin in a phone interview Monday.
Likewise, tour operators, boat and van operators are advised not to accept bookings from those individuals contemplated in the EO, Miraflor said.
Governor Degamo reiterated his call on vigilance from all concerned, Miraflor added.