By Malu Cadelina Manar
KIDAPAWAN CITY – To ensure public safety from threats posed by the 2019 novel Coronavirus acute respiratory diseases (nCoV ARD), the city government will place bottles of hand sanitizer in public places, including city hall, overland terminals, schools, and other areas.
Lawyer Jose Paolo Evangelista, head of the City Information Office (CIO), said they are trying to complete the putting up of sanitizer-facilities in public areas before the start of the city’s 22nd charter day celebrations on February 10.
Evangelista said sanitizers would be placed in all public establishments, including government offices, restaurants and eateries, banks and financial institutions, transport terminals, internet cafés, churches and other places of worship, schools and educational facilities, and all business establishments or private entities openly accessible to the general public.
City Mayor Joseph Evangelista, in a statement issued on Thursday, said the local government was prepared to confront and address any eventuality the nCov may bring.
As part of the LGU’s information dissemination campaign, visual presentations, including tarpaulins that illustrate proper hand washing and hygiene would be posted in highly conspicuous places.
Public restrooms would also be provided with hand sanitizers and bath soap and ensure there is running water inside, the mayor said.
Earlier, Dr. Jocelyn Incienzo of the City Health Office (CHO) urged the public to carry out self-protection measures against nCoV ARD.
Aside from using alcholol and sanitizers, health authorities also urged the public to boost their immune system by getting enough sleep, eating the right foods, and avoiding activities like smoking, drinking alcohol and using illegal drugs.
“Also, we advised the public to remain calm and cooperate with health service providers and local authorities and urged everyone to report any possible cases to the City Health Office through its Disease Surveillance Unit,” said the mayor.