BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 21 (PIA) -- The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has strictly implemented the 14-day quarantine anchorage of a vessel in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.
This is part of the preventive measures undertaken by the authorities against the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.
According to Mildred Padilla, port manager of the Port Management Office of Agusan, the said vessel docked near the Nasipit Port has been anchored since February 7 and right after the 22 crew of the said ship were given clearance, they were then allowed to sail heading to their main destination in Tubay, Agusan del Norte.
"We observe the 14-day quarantine period, so when the boarding team headed primarily by the Bureau of Quarantine did not see any manifestation, they will then issue the clearance," bared Padilla.
PPA is also constantly monitoring the passengers coming in and out of the Nasipit Port through the use of non-contact thermometers with the help and assistance of the Rural Health Unit of Nasipit.
Meanwhile, the Emerging And Re-Emerging Infectious Disease Task Force led by the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga was also strengthened to combat the spread of false information or fake news regarding the COVID-19.
Department of Health - Center for Health and Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna, Jr. appealed to the public to only get updates on COVID-19 from their office, and assess carefully any information they see and read on social media before sharing it to others.
"I also urged all Caraganons to continuously listen to the health advisories of the Department of Health. The DOH will issue only official messages concerning COVID-19 for public order and safety," said Dr. Llacuna.
At present, the 14-day quarantine to a patient under investigation in the region has been complied with and showed a negative result of Coronavirus. Of the 36, 24 persons under monitoring have already undergone the 14-day monitoring period.
Dr. Llacuna thanked the local government units particularly the surveillance officers for ensuring that the monitoring of the persons under monitoring (PUMs) is strictly implemented.
He further encouraged the Caraganons to maintain personal hygiene and a healthy lifestyle for a strong immune system. (JPG/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)