San Carlos City Government Gears Up for nCoV

The City government of San Carlos headed by City Mayor Renato Y. Gustilo called a meeting this morning, Feb. 4, 2020 among health authorities and various department heads of the city amidst the 2019 novel corona virus (2019 NCOV) scare in the local community.

City Mayor Renato Y. Gustilo and members of Inter-Agency Task Force on Coronavirus gearing up for preparedness
and prevention on the nCoVARD in the city

Mayor Gustilo urged the Department of Trade and Industry-Bacolod representative Senior Business Counselor II Kenneth C. Villarosa to inspect all drugstores and groceries in the city together with the PNP-San Carlos and representative from the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) to ensure that nobody is selling masks at a very high price.

The Mayor also asked everybody to curtail the spread of fear among residents because there is nothing to be afraid since everything is under control and that the government is now taking measures on how to handle the spread of said virus.
Following said meeting is the creation of the local Corona Virus Task Force which was directed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government for all local government units in the country to be on a state of preparedness and help contain the spread of the disease especially that the Department of health already confirmed the first case.
Mayor Gustilo said the city government is now preparing to get thermal scanner and infrared thermometer to monitor passengers with flu in the port area and transport terminal and to establish a quarantine area equipped with medical staff.
Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Member Dr. Wilmer Yap said that those who need to wear masks are those who are having cough and colds or flu only so as not to infect others when they sneeze or cough or those who are going into crowded places for protection, otherwise, they just need to stay home and avoid going out especially in populated areas.
SP Member Dr. Jose Carlos Villarante and City Health Officer Dr Arniel Laurence Portuguez said that they have already appeared in the local radio stations to air information and caution on the dreaded virus.
City Hospital Chief Dr. Archilles Ponferrada said people just have to frequently wash their hands or sanitized with alcohol to avoid catching viruses and bacteria. He said they can also make their own masks out of thick cloth and not rely on surgical masks which are only good for 2 hours.
CDRRM officer Joe Recalex Alingasa also called on the community not to discriminate Chinese nationals since not all Chinese are infected with the NCOV.

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