Are local gov’ts equipped to take on nCoV?

first_imgThe teams maybe made up of barangay officials and volunteers such as Barangay HealthWorkers, said Iglesia. The virus outbreak in China, withcases spreading in over 20 other countries, prompted the World HealthOrganization to declare a global health emergency. “According to DILG secretary Eduardo Año, LGUs must implementDepartment of Health (DOH) protocols and guidelines and extend full cooperationto DOH and other government agencies to meet the global health emergency,” saidIglesia. ILOILO City – The Department ofInterior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered local government units (LGUs)in Western Visayas to create coronavirus task forces. The Philippines now has threeconfirmed cases of infection – a Chinese man and woman visiting the country;the man died on Saturday; and a 60-year-old Chinese woman. The virus causes severe acute respiratory infection and symptomsusually start with a fever, followed by a dry cough. Aside from forming the task forces,Iglesia said LGUs must also create “barangay health emergency response teams” invillages. Another job of the task force is tohold coronavirus prevention, containment and control information campaign toeducate the public. For this, local chief executives musttrain their respective health workers on nCoV prevention, containment, andcontrol, in coordination with the DOH, said Iglesia.center_img Iglesia said the task force shouldalso cause the referral and transport of a suspected nCov case toDOH-designated coronavirus-referral center or hospital, in coordination withDOH and police authorities. He suggested that the task force becomposed of healthworkers and persons and groups with adequate knowhow on crisis management. According to Regional Director ArielIglesia, LGUs must be “on a state of preparedness” and take proactive steps toprotect their constituents from the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Iglesia said the local task forcesunder the direct supervision of governors and mayors should ensure that localhealth authorities have the necessary equipment and protective gadgets such asmasks, goggles, gowns, gloves, among others. LGUs should post public advisoriesabout the coronavirus as well as precautionary measures that the public cantake such as maintaining proper hygiene and regular hand-washing, said Iglesia. FILE PHOTO BY IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The primaryjob of barangay health emergency response teams is to monitor the entry ofpeople in the villages, most especially tourists from areas with nCoV cases,and coordinate with the DOH and the LGUs’ task forces./PNlast_img read more

AITA Championship: Manan Nath wins Triple crown

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Manan Nath of Assam won Triple Crown in the AITA Championship series tennis tournament which concluded on Friday at Karnal, Haryana.In the boys U-12 singles final Manan defeated Ahaan Dhekial of Uttar Pradesh 6-0, 6-1. In the boys U-14 singles Manan beat same opponent 6-1, 6-2 to lift the title.Manan also bagged boys U-14 doubles title pairing with Ahaan Dhekial. The duo beat Victor Mohan Ram of Haryana and Yashasvi Balhara of Chandigarh 6-2, 6-2. Also Read: Sports Newslast_img