CAMIGUIN (PIA)—With one positive case of coronavirus disease (COVID)-19, Camiguin steps up its measures to contain the spread of the disease by strictly monitoring the entry of vehicles, persons and cargos, and limiting the activities of the people in the area.
“Pagpasok po dito sa Camiguin, lahat po tsinecheck natin. Wala na pong makapasok dito po dito except for goods, medicines (Upon entry here in Camiguin, we check everything. Nobody and nothing can enter here except for goods and medicines),” Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said in an interview with Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Network Briefing, April 12.
Traders are also strictly monitored including their whereabouts for the past 14 days and the persons they interacted with.
As of April 11, there are 78 persons under monitoring (PUM), 1 person under investigation (PUI) and 1 positive case of COVID-19 in the province.
Romualdo explained the positive case happened when the patient underwent a training on violence against women and their children (VAWC) in Manila. Their lecturer was tested positive of the disease.
When the patient arrived in the province, she was automatically considered as a PUM, thus, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) immediately monitored the patient and put her in an isolation area in her residence.
Agricultural and fishery activities
Heavily depending on agriculture and fishery, Romualdo said farmers and fisher folks continue on their activities.
Barangays are observing social distancing guidelines especially on fishing and only the fisher folks are allowed to go fishing.
“Ang sasakay ng bangka, binibilang pa kung ilang tao ang pwedeng sumakay para ho mangisda dito sa probinsiya sa Camiguin (The number of fisher folks on fishing boats in Camiguin are carefully counted), Romualdo said emphasizing how the social distancing is observed in such activity.
Observing proper hygiene
The governor recommended to have all persons who enter the province to be provided with hygiene kits and observe proper hygiene prior to their entry in the area.
“Ang ako lang hangyo labi na gyud sa tanan, ang atong kontra ani COVID gyud so bisag unsaon pagtabang sa gobyerno kung kita dili mo mulihok, dili ta magsocial distancing, dili ta magpuyo sa balay, dili gyud ni siya muundang,” Romualdo said.
(The efforts of the government alone won’t matter with COVID as our enemy. Thus, if everyone will not act appropriately, will not follow social distancing, won’t stay in their homes, this will never end)
He also urged everyone to follow the policies imposed by the national government, Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), and the Department of Health (DOH) so everyone can go back to their normal lives once there will no longer be threats on COVID-19. (RTP/PIA10)