By Anthony Giron
IMUS CITY – Cavite provincial and local governments and the health office are on-guard against the novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV)-Acute Respiratory Disease in this province which has a population of over 4.5 million.
Officials reported that there was no nCoV-ARD case in any of the eight districts in the province as of 2 p.m. Monday, February 2.
The Provincial Health Office (PHO) was monitoring the situation with the assistance of the local health offices in each city and municipality, as well as in hospitals and clinics.
Among those who confirmed that there was still no nCoV-ARD case in Cavite were the PHO, through the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU) under Dr. Nelson C. Soriano, and Governor Juanito Victor C. Remulla Jr.
Remulla, Cavite seventh district Representative Jesus Crispin Remulla, and Imus City Mayor Emmanuel Leonardo Maliksi and some other local executives have been giving Cavitenos updates from the Department of Health (DOH), actions and some advises about the nCoV in social media.
The officials have also been monitoring the situation in the province since the DoH raised the alert on the nCoV-ARD outbreak in Wuhan, Mainland China two weeks ago
The province is also considered as home to the most number of overseas of Filipino workers (OFWs)-residents in the country.
Lately, Cavite was tagged as one of the areas with the most number of Chinese workers from Mainland China considering the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) hubs being put up in the area.
At least two POGOs are now under construction at Covelandia in Kawit and Palico in Imus, authorities said.
Only last year, the provincial government declared measles and dengue outbreak, and placed the entire province under a state of calamity as the two viruses caused a number of deaths.
The measles outbreak and state of calamity was declared in Cavite last February while that for dengue was raised in July. Afflicted by the measles virus were babies and children and dengue also babies and children and the adults, including the elderly.
The Cavite government has called for a massive clean-up drive and treatment, among others, to get rid of dengue and other viruses in its turf.