“Mula nang pumutok sa Wuhan, China ang tungkol sa nCoV, agad tayong nagpababa ng direktiba sa labing-apat na hospitals na ihanda na muli sa kanilang mga emergency room at outpatient department.”
This was stated by Provincial Health Officer II Anna Maria Teresa De Guzman assuring Pangasinenses that that provincial government is prepared for the possible outbreak of the 2019 Novel Corona Virus or nCoV.
The provincial health officer stated that the fourteen hospitals have prepared the resources such as emergency and isolation rooms, medicines, and intravenous fluids.
“Tayo ay nakikipag-ugnayan sa Region 1 Medical Center kasi sila ang end referral hospital natin,” Dr. De Guzman stated mentioning that persons under investigation should be brought to R1MC for observation.
However, Dr. De Guzman stated that the Western Pangasinan District Hospital, Pangasinan Provincial Hospital, Urdaneta District Hospital, and Eastern Pangasinan District Hospital are also equipped to accept possible nCoV patients.
Coastal areas are strictly monitored by the provincial government. People living in the coastal areas are advised to monitor the symptoms of nCoV such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath and immediately proceed to R1MC for check-up.
“Pumunta kami sa coastal municipalities last week para kausapin ang Infanta, Dasol, Bolinao, Agno, Sual, Bani at Alaminos dahil may mga foreign vessels at cruise ship na andoon,” informed Dr. De Guzman.
Task forces are created to quarantine for at least 10 days the individuals from the cruise ships and foreign vessels that will dock on Pangasinan coastal areas.
Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Officer Ma. Luisa A. Elduayan through Provincial Information Officer Orpheus Velasco stated that the as of January 29, the local government unit of Alaminos City cancelled the entry of a cruise ship coming to Alaminos City on February 5.
“’Yong mga immunocompromised, inuubo, at sinisipon lang sana ang gumamit,” said Dr. De Guzman addressing the shortage of face mask in the market.
The provincial health officer also asked the public to refrain from disseminating fake news regarding nCoV in the province.
Dr. De Guzman further explained that the virus is self-limiting. However, the virus might trigger prior health complications of victims which may worsen their diseases.
Preventive measures such as proper cough manners and hand washing are still advised.
As of press time, Pangasinan remains nCoV free.
/Paula Jhea Sison