CITY OF MALOLOS – All public hospitals including infirmaries under the Provincial Government of Bulacan implement standard infection control measures to safeguard the Bulakenyos against the threat of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
While there is still no reported case of nCov in the province, the PGB headed by Gov. Daniel R. Fernando and Vice Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado through the Provincial Health Office-Public Health (PHO-PH) immediately step up and mount activities that will lessen the fear of Bulakenyos regarding the deadly virus, which includes massive information dissemination and activating infectious control team in every hospital.
An isolation unit and holding area are also placed in every hospital under the PGB in case a patient shows possible symptoms of 2019-nCoV.
In addition, Rural Health Units, health centers, and private and public hospitals in the communities are also on alert mode in case of emergency while active surveillance in Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU) are implemented for patients who will undergo check-up or patients who will be admitted to the hospitals.
Fernando assured the Bulakenyos that the provincial hospitals are all equipped and ready and that the province is following the directives of the Department of Health (DOH).
“Nakaabang tayo, nakatutok. Kung sakali man na magkaroon ng kaso nakahanda ang lalawigan, nakahanda ang PGB, ang ating mga provincial hospital, at tayo ay nakaantabay at sumusunod sa mga tagubilin ng DOH. Sa ngayon, mayroon po tayong mga kinatawan na lumilibot mula sa PHO-PH upang turuan ang mga nasa barangay ng tamang paghuhugas ng kamay, coughing etiquette at safety food handling,” Fernando said.
Furthermore, the PHO-PH advises all the Bulakenyos to observe and follow the following preventive measures including thorough and regular washing of hands using soap and clean water; using tissue or handkerchief to cover face when coughing or sneezing; avoiding interaction with animals without proper protection; proper cooking of meat before serving; using of facemask in public places; avoiding crowded places and people with symptoms of common colds and cough; drinking enough water, eating nutritious foods and having enough amount of sleep to strengthen the immunity.
The 2019-nCoV is a new strain of virus originated from Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China that can cause various types of diseases from common cough and cold to more serious complications such as pneumonia and kidney failure that may lead to death, which were recently declared by World Health Organization as ‘public health emergency of international concern’.
As of 7:41 am today, there is a total of 8,100 nCoV cases and 213 deaths in the mainland China while a total of 18 countries have confirmed cases of the virus including the Philippines with one confirmed infected patient who is currently admitted to a government hospital in Manila and a total of 29 patients under investigation (PUI).###