By Jonathan Hicap
There are no longer persons under investigation (PUIs) for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Muntinlupa, the City Health Office (CHO) said.
According to CHO Muntinlupa head Dr. Teresa Tuliao, the five PUIs referred to local hospitals tested negative for the coronavirus and were discharged.
“We now have zero cases of PUIs in Muntinlupa City after laboratory samples of all admitted PUIs yielded negative results for COVID-19. The local government of Muntinlupa is strongly coordinating with the Department of Health and Research Institute for Tropical Medicine regarding this health event,” Tuliao said.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi ordered the creation of the Muntinlupa 2019-nCoV (novel coronavirus) Task Force that implements protocols and guidelines set by the Department of Health regarding the disease. He vowed that the city government is ready for the prevention, containment, and control of COVID-19 in Muntinlupa.
The CHO said health facilities in the city are equipped to respond in emergency situations involving patients with respiratory infections. Hospitals and medical centers in the city were advised to observe high standards of infection prevention and control in dealing with patients suspected to have contracted the virus.
The city-run Ospital ng Muntinlupa has priority lanes for patients experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Muntinlupa City residents are advised 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.