Pasay City gov’t places city health officials on 24-hour alert vs. COVID-19

Published March 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Dhel Nazario

Pasay City health officials have been placed on a 24-hour alert to help stem the tide against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which has already affected 33 people in the country.

 In this January 24, 2020, file photo,  Councilor Joey C. Isidro (District 2), Pasay City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PCDRRMO) Head Dr. Boyet Maranan and Pasay City Health Office Head Dr. Cesar Encinares attend a Collaborative Meeting on Novel Coronavirus with officials of Metro Manila Center for Health Development (MMCD – DOH), Pasay City General Hospital, Philippine Air Force General Hospital, San Juan de Dios Hospital at Adventist Medical Center Manila. (Ariel Gatchalian / PIO / MANILA BULLETIN)

In this January 24, 2020, file photo, Councilor Joey C. Isidro (District 2), Pasay City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PCDRRMO) Head Dr. Boyet Maranan and Pasay City Health Office Head Dr. Cesar Encinares attend a Collaborative Meeting on Novel Coronavirus with officials of Metro Manila Center for Health Development (MMCD – DOH), Pasay City General Hospital, Philippine Air Force General Hospital, San Juan de Dios Hospital at Adventist Medical Center Manila. (Ariel Gatchalian / PIO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“While we urge the people to remain calm, I have instructed the City Health Office, headed by Dr. Cesar Encinares, to intensify its surveillance against this disease,” Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said.

She also encouraged the public to observe proper hygiene.

The Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) strongly advise washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing the nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not available, Dr. Encinares said people could use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70 percent alcohol.

Calixto-Rubiano also asked the community to voluntarily submit themselves to testing should they experience symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, fever, weakness, and shortness of breath.

“Our city health office is prepared to help you in these situations,” Calixto-Rubiano said as she reminded the public to call the Pasay COVID-19 hotline at 0956-778-6524 and 0908-993-7024.

“We strongly urge your cooperation in these times,” she said.

 
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