BAGUIO

Covid-positive areas contained

BAGUIO. A sanitation engineer tests the newly setup sanitation tent at the Baguio Health Department Tuesday morning. The tent is used to disinfect persons coming inside the building especially the health workers, frontliners and employees who cannot afford to stay at home amid the pandemic. The city government began setting up sanitation tents with spray system in critical public areas on Monday, March 23, 2020. (Photo by Jean Nicole Cortes)

CONTAINMENT of coronavirus disease (Covid–19) positive areas is ongoing.

Health department reports detailing Loakan and Fort Del Pilar areas where two Covid-19 patients reside and interacted pushed the government to implement stricter protocols.

In a bid to contain Covid-19 positive villages, Baguio City Mayor Benjie Magalong ordered village officials to escalate in the next 14 days the enforcement of enhanced community quarantine in Loakan Proper, Loakan Liwanag, Loakan Apugan, Fort Del Pilar, Kias and Atok Trail.

On Wednesday, March 25, the mayor announced stricter implementation of guidelines in these areas and asked for cooperation from residents.

Association of Barangay Council president and councilor Michael Lawana likewise asked for calm and understanding amid the panic over Covid–19 saying areas where the two patients are known to interact have been contained and contact tracing is continuously being done.

“Implement lang natin ang guidelines, they are the same guidelines, our barangay officials are going around to inform everybody,” Lawana added it is already public information that the areas have been identified by health officials.

The barangay association president said the patients are already in the hospital and being cared for and asked for full cooperation from everyone.

“Do not panic, we all have to stay calm,” Lawana said.

Lawana said barangay home quarantine passes are being distributed by officials for residents to be able to go out and buy essential needs.

A call for purchase and donation of disinfectants has also been made by Lawana asking those who may want to help the Liga to contact their office to acquire or donate needed disinfectants needed to clean the 128 villages in the city.

Lawana said cleaning of barangays is a regular monthly activity of each area but now as the Covid-19 health issue is at hand, each area now lacks proper cleaning materials to keep villages sanitized.

“Isang problema namin ito sa mga barangay, kulang na ang materials na gamit namin,” said Lawana.


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