According to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the local government units, plan to transfer COVID-19 patients under home quarantine to government quarantine facilities to prevent further spread of the virus in households.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Sec. Eduardo Año expressed that home quarantine would be discouraged especially for patients who cannot observe proper guidelines mandated for such quarantine measures.
At present, the government allows home quarantine provided that guidelines set by the Department of Health (DOH) are followed such as the provision of adequate personal space to prevent other members of the household from being infected by the virus. The DOH reiterated this in a virtual presser last July 13.
Sec. Año appealed to the general public to collaborate and report individuals who are undergoing home quarantine. He further said that such cooperation is mandated under R.A. No. 11332 or the "Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act" signed by President Duterte in 2019.
"To our countrymen, if you know a neighbor who is COVID-19 positive and hiding, please report them to use. This is a law", said Sec. Año.
Reporting of such cases from the community is stated in Section 7 of the law's implementing rules and regulations (IRR) that reads, “reports of epidemics received from health facilities, laboratories, or through community rumors”.
Section 7 of the IRR provides that the disease surveillance officer (DSOs) at the regional/city health units (RHU/CHU) shall promptly verify the report or rumor. A feedback (verbal or written) to stakeholders (local chief executives, province, centers for health development, and DOH-Epidemiology Bureau) should be provided within 24 hours. This is important to ensure that timely decisions are made and to prevent expending resources on investigating events that are not true epidemics.
The activity is also part of “Oplan Kalinga” by the government which seeks to reduce transmission of the virus in communities and households.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS