Negros Occidental Government Revives Infectious Disease Action Body

Negros Occidental Government Revives Infectious Disease Action Body

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL – The government of Negros Occidental reactivated the Provincial Infectious Disease Action and Control Council (PIDACC).

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (standing) meets with the concerned department heads of the Capitol to discuss the provincial government’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak on Feb. 4. PNA | Image from: Panay News

This is amid the threat of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus or nCoV for short.

According to Panay News, medical specialist of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) Dr. Jessica Fama said on Tuesday that the council will be in-charge of the inter-agency collaboration and coordination. This is in order to address threats of infectious diseases.

Fama added that they agreed to reactivate the action body after the meeting held by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson with all concerned department and office heads.

Among those were PHO head Ernell Tumimbang, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz, and 1st District Board member Araceli Somosa, chair of the Provincial Board committee on health.

Fama said that Lacson is set to sign an executive order (EO) creating the nCoV task force that will include details of the roles of the local government units, including the barangays and the referral hospitals.

Furthermore, the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams will also be activated.

As per the report, Fama said that there are five provincial government-run hospitals, among those were Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, that will be capacitated to admit PUIs or persons under investigation.

The said facilities are required to set up isolation rooms and train staff as part of the response. There will also be ambulance units dedicated to the local disaster risk reduction and management units.

Department of Health’s Bureau of Quarantine will also be requested to monitor seaports in the province, Fama said.

“We will also meet with the local chief executives and the city and municipal health officers to ensure a uniform and standard approach to this problem,”

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