Friday, March 20, 2020

Caraga authorities implement tight security, precautionary measures vs. COVID-19

Posted to the Philippine News Agency (Mar 20, 2020): Caraga authorities implement tight security, precautionary measures vs. COVID-19 (By Jennifer P. Gaitano)

BUTUAN CITY, March 20 (PIA) -- Amid the increasing number of coronavirus disease or COVID-19 patients in the country, the local government units in the Caraga region have leveled up the implementation of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

In the province of Agusan del Sur, the authorities are strictly implementing the conduct of thermal scanning procedure in the designated checkpoints to check the body temperature of all the individuals and assess if they manifest symptoms of COVID-19.

According to Sanny Dale Cinco of the Provincial Correctional And Security Management Office, there are instances where individuals are found to have a high temperature during the screening, not because that they have a fever, but due to the hot weather condition in the area.

“We carefully check the temperature of the individuals coming in and out of the government center and once we find them to have beyond a temperature of 37.5, we would refer them to the nearest hospital for further medical checkup. This is part of the strict implementation of the precautionary measures to ensure prevention on the spread of COVID-19 disease,” said Cinco.

With this effort of the government, the locals have been cooperative and are following the health protocol imposed by the local government units.

Every office in the provincial government also offered free use of sanitizers or alcohol, and maintained a clean comfort room for clients and public use.

Meanwhile, Governor Santiago Cane, Jr., has released an executive order declaring the suspension of classes in all levels in all schools in the province starting March 16, and has canceled big events and gatherings this month.

Meanwhile, in the recent visit of Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles in Butuan City, he announced that all COVID-19 testings, including quarantine and isolation costs, will be shouldered by the Philippine Health (PhilHealth) Insurance Corporation. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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