Dabawenyos warned against bogus COVID-19 ‘disinfecting team’

Published December 28, 2020, 10:49 AM

by Ivy Tejano

DAVAO CITY – The Davao City Health Office (CHO) on Monday urged the public not to entertain random people offering disinfection of houses.

CHO head Dr. Josephine Villafuerte warned Dabawenyos about people posing as city government staff offering families of  COVID-19 positive patients to disinfect their respective houses.

Villafuerte said the city government did not issue instruction on disinfecting houses, particularly those of COVID-19 positive patients in isolation or in lockdown areas.

She urged Dabawenyos to report these people claiming to be members of the city government to authorities.

“If anybody calls you and offers that they are to disinfect your residences, please be informed that we in the City Health Office do not disinfect private residences. Be very careful of those who want to take advantage of the situation. Report immediately to the Police or Public Safety Office,” Villafuerte said.

The CHO issued such a warning following information that COVID-19 positive patients in isolation are receiving calls from alleged CHO personnel to disinfect their respective homes.

Public Security and Safety Command Center head Angel Sumagaysay said that the city has already alerted the police to coordinate with the barangay officials as these alleged calls may be a scenario perpetrated by syndicates aiming to scout, and subsequently, rob houses that they are supposed to be “disinfecting.”

Sumagaysay said that houses, buildings, compounds, streets, purok, and barangay under lockdown are implemented in areas with COVID-19 cases to prevent the further transmission of the virus.

Davao City has 1,639 houses, one building, four compounds, and one street under lockdown with a total of 3,812 individuals affected as of December 19, 2020.

Families in these locked down areas receive food assistance from the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).