Lockdown imposed in Bontoc barangay

BONTOC, Mountain Province, Dec. 11(PIA) --  Mayor Franklin Odsey   imposed  house lockdown over the residence of  a  COVID-19 positive case  and “tengaw” or cultural lockdown over Barangay Talubin  in this capital town  effective  December 9  until further notice to effect contact tracing after a  mother  deviously  sneaked home  her COVID-19 positive  daughter.

The 4 year old patient was confined at the Lepanto Hospital in Mankayan, Benguet and tagged as Mankayan Case 263.

Mankayan Mayor Frenzel Ayong said the family of the patient requested that they bring the girl to a better health care facility in Baguio City, which was allowed provided they follow all the necessary protocols.  She was discharged from the hospital in December 7.

The mother, however, did not bring the patient to Baguio City but instead brought her to their hometown in barangay Talubin in Bontoc along with another child. 

Ayong said that upon monitoring   that the patient was not brought to Baguio, the Mankayan LGU immediately coordinated with the Mountain Province and Bontoc LGUs.

In a report by the Mountain Province Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, the family rode in commuter vans plying Mankayan to Abatan, Buguias and Abatan, Buguias to Bontoc and another vehicle plying Bontoc to Banaue, Ifugao.  

The Bontoc LGU immediately acted and placed the family household on lockdown, the child was isolated and was later transferred to the COVID-19 ward at the Bontoc General Hospital.  The family and their close contacts were placed under lockdown and under strict home quarantine.

In Dec. 9, Odsey issued a memo imposing “tengaw” or cultural lockdown over the whole barangay of Talubin to facilitate complete and efficient contact tracing and to ensure safety and security of persons.

Exit and entry in Barangay Talubin is restricted except to the Bontoc LGU Contact Tracing and Monitoring Team, frontliners, members of the local IATF, and those with medical emergencies and the authorized person to bring essential needs of the affected families. 

Meanwhile, the PDRRMO appeals to all the unidentified passengers who have been in the same vehicle with the mother and her two children to immediately isolate themselves and to contact their nearest health facilities for advice and proper action. The PDRRMO also enjoins the drivers of the concerned commuter vans to immediately report to their respective municipal health offices. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR) 


Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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