Schools, government buildings in Muntinlupa disinfected
From news.mb.com.ph by Jonathan Hicap:
The Muntinlupa City government has started disinfecting public schools and government buildings as the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country continues to increase.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi ordered the City Health Office to clean and disinfect educational and government facilities, and intensify the information drive on personal hygiene and cough etiquette as preventive measures against COVID-19, which has 33 confirmed cases in the Philippines to date.
“We cannot be complacent with the recent development of local transmission of COVID-19. In response to the rise of confirmed cases in the country, we have placed our City Health Office, local hospitals, and school administrators on heightened alert to prevent the possible spread of the new strain of coronavirus in Muntinlupa,” Fresnedi said.
Muntinlupa City Health Officer Teresa Tuliao said the local government is closely coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) regarding the disease and protocols for the referral and transferring of persons under investigation.
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Muntinlupa City but there are patients confined at RITM in Alabang.
Tuliao led an emergency meeting with the city government’s general service officers, Schools Division of Muntinlupa officials, and school principals for a briefing on COVID-19 updates and the disinfection of public schools.
She encouraged school officials to intensify their IEC (information, education, and communication) campaign and reporting of community members with travel history for monitoring.
The city government earlier held a meeting with barangay emergency response units, barangay officials and health workers, mall owners, hoteliers, and other commercial establishment owners to discuss the latest updates on COVID-19.
Fresnedi ordered the creation of the Muntinlupa COVID-19 Task Force as a proactive measure against the spread of the disease in the city. The task force spearheads the implementation of DOH protocols and guidelines and extends the city’s full cooperation to the department and other national government agencies.
Muntinlupa residents are highly encouraged to immediately visit local health centers or the Ospital ng Muntinlupa if they are experiencing symptoms of the virus. For more information, the public may coordinate with Ospital ng Muntinlupa at 8771-0457 or with DOH at 771-1001/711-1002.