The Department of Health urged local government units to make sure that health protocols in their evacuation centers will still be observed amid typhoon “Rolly.”

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that such acts will help prevent possible transmission of COVID-19 in evacuation centers.

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Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario S. Vergeire (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“Local government has to be able to set up evacuation sites that can be able to abide by the principles and protocols of minimum public health standards,” she said.

“Alam po natin na talagang may mga LGUs na wala po silang sapat na facilities at baka magkaroon ng pagsisiksikan. Ang amin pong binibigay na paalala, lahat po dapat naka-mask, dapat may mga handwashing stations (We know that there are LGUs that do not have enough facilities and there may be overcrowding. We are reminding everyone to wear masks and there should be handwashing stations),” she added.

Vergeire said that there should be safety officers deployed in evacuation centers.

“’Yung safety officer would be regularly monitoring all of those people inside the evacuation site para makikita natin kung meron nagkakaroon ng sintomas, makikita natin kung meron kailangan tanggalin at ilagay sa ibang facilities para hindi magkaroon ng hawa-hawa (The safety officer would be regularly monitoring all those people inside the evacuation site so that we can see who are exhibiting symptoms, who needs to be transferred to other facilities, in order to avoid transmission),” she said.

Vergeire said that they also ordered the transfer of some COVID-19 patients who are currently isolated in makeshift tents into more secure areas.

“Nagkaroon na po ng mga pagtra-transfer ng ating mga naka-qurantine sa iba’t- ibang lugar na nasa tent lang at tinatransfer natin sa mas secured na place (We already transferred some patients under quarantined in tents to more secured places),” she said.

“’Yung mga equipment natin na nasa facilities na medyo hindi secure, tinatanggal na ho natin iyan at inilalagay muna natin sa mga ospital natin (Our equipment in facilities that are not that secured, we are removing them and placing them temporarily to hospitals),” she added.

Vergeire assured that hospitals located in areas that will be affected by Rolly are ready for the possible influx of patients needing medical care.

“We have non-COVID pathways. Ito naman ay matagal ng pinapatupad. At sa ating mga ospital, handa po ang ating ospital na makapag admit ng non-COVID patients (We have non-COVID pathways, which has long been implemented. Our hospitals are ready to admit non-COVID patients),” she said.

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