DOH cautions LGUs on social distancing if evacuation centers are set up

Published May 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Analou De Vera

The Department of Health (DOH) reminded the local government units to ensure that physical distancing and other minimum health standards will be observed in their respective evacuation centers, amid the threat of typhoon “Ambo.”

Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire (PNA)
Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire (PNA)

“Kailangan makapagpatupad at makagawa ng stratehiya kung saan magkakaron ng pagkakahiwa-hiwalay… kahit isang metro ang layo ng bawat pamilya sa evacuation center,” said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire in a press briefing Thursday.

[There is a need to implement or develop strategies wherein families in evacuation centers should be one meter apart.]

Such measures are important to avoid the spread of coronavirus infection in the evacuation centers, said Vergeire.

Vergeire suggested the use of tents in evacuation centers to separate each family.

“Most of our LGUs have their own tent[s] which separate each family. So, sana maipatupad natin yan ngayon para kahit pano meron tayong sinasabi nating [I hope this will be used so we can have] minimum health standard[s] to prevent further infection in this kind of facility,” said Vergeire.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that typhoon Ambo is expected to bring moderate to intense rain to the Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas.

Typhoon Ambo is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Monday, May 18.