Designate safety officers in every evacuation centers , DOH reminds LGUs

                                          Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque (FILE PHOTO)

QUEZON CITY, Nov. 3 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) calls on Local Government Units (LGUs) to ensure implementation of  COVID-19 preventive measures by designating safety officers in evacuation centers for typhoon-affected citizens. 

"Sila po ang magsasagawa ng symptoms screening, clinical and exposure assessment of evacuees para madaliang matukoy at ma-isolate ang mga suspect and probable cases," Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque during the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council National briefing yesterday.

Duque added that the responsibility of safety officers is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus to the typhoon evacuees.

"One family, one classroom or tent policy should be adopted to prevent disease transmission and maintain proper room ventilation," Duque said. 

The health department emphasized the role of LGUs in protecting vulnerable evacuees through separating and isolating them immediately. 

"Bigyan ng hiwalay na silid ang mga high risk individuals tulad ng mga edad 60 pataas, may mga karamdaman, buntis at may mga bata. I-isolate din ang mga may sintomas sa TTMF o sa hiwalay na silid o evacuation center,” Duque said.

Meanwhile, the DOH clarified that there is no need to conduct COVID-19 testing to immediate responders assisting the typhoon-affected areas. 

“Nais po naming linawin na hindi kinakailangang sumailalim sa testing ang ating mga responders as long as sila ay asymptomatic at walang history of exposure to a confirmed or probable case as certified by a physician,” Duque said. 

He added that immediate responders will continue to adhere to the minimum health standards as well as infection prevention and control protocols. (PIA-NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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