CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Feb. 14 (PIA) -- The Provincial Task Force on Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) made the rounds on entry points to the province to check on the operationalization of quarantine centers and surveillance posts as part of efforts to prevent the entry of the disease in the province .
Surveillance posts are established at Talaca, Agbannawag , Tabuk to monitor people entering Kalinga from Isabela; in Rizal for those coming from Cagayan; Pinukpuk for those coming from Cagayan and Apayao; Balbalan for those coming from Abra and in Tinglayan for those coming from Mountain Province.
Personnel from the City Health Office, Regional Mobile Force Battalion, and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) are in charge of the surveillance post at Agbannawag. Those in Rizal, Balbalan and Tinglayan are manned by staff from their respective Municipal Health Office and Disaster Risk Reduction Office, Philippine National Police and the BFP.
Passengers are subjected to thermal test and given information, education, communication materials about the COVID-19.
Governor Ferdinand Tubban earlier issued Executive Order No. 16 creating the task force to monitor and implement guidelines and procedures to prevent the disease from spreading in the province.
The coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization, described as "very grave threat" to the world.
There is also a roving team composed of the Provincial LGU-Governor's Office and the Provincial Health Office, Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Philippine Information Agency.
In another development, Provincial Health Officer Ignacio Cawas reported that a room at the Kalinga Provincial Hospital is designated as quarantine center.
He informed that they have also conducted inspection at the on-going construction of the Chico River Pump Project at Pinococ, Pinukpuk which has some Chinese workers.
The construction company has established preventive measures temporarily banning entry of workers coming from China reporting for work as well as materials delivered at Port Irene in Sta. Ana, Cagayan, Cawas said.
Kalinga to date has no person under investigation for COVID. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)