Leyte activates disease elimination hub to help stop spread of COVID-19

Published March 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Marie Marticio

TACLOBAN City – Following the recent declaration of a state of public health emergency in the country by President Duterte due to local transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the provincial government of Leyte has activated its disease elimination reaction hub to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Aside from COVID-19, Leyte Vice-Governor Carlo Loreto said the hub, which was established last year through an ordinance, is an office with equipment that aims to combat dengue, malaria, and other diseases.

The disease elimination hub is composed of experts in the field of medicine and health that is run by the provincial health office and financed by the provincial government’s calamity fund.

“The objective is to monitor if the cases are increasing, but if they are still on the manageable levels, we continue to monitor if they reach the threshold, then the elimination hub is authorized to react and to do the necessary steps without (the) need of any legislative fiat,” he shared.

He added that the governor was authorized to purchase equipment and medicines to combat the disease even with the absence of a national or local health emergency.

“It’s about time that this hub is activated that is why we have requested our committee on health to get involved, to act and participate to inform the Sangguniang Panlalawigan if legislation or appropriation is needed so that we are ready to protect Leyte and the Leyteños,” he said.

“With this hub, the government will know to whom and where these developed medicines or vaccines will be used and when to react,” Loreto told reporters.

The hub has two monitoring teams tasked to identify the possible vector carriers in a methodical and scientific approach and another team that monitors those infected by the disease.

On Tuesday, the provincial health office convened to assign tasking pertaining to efforts to fight COVID-19.