ILIGAN CITY (PIA) – The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) advised the public to be cautious during the holiday season due to the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Dr. Belinda Lim, EOC Health Cluster manager, said in a virtual presser preventive measures must still be observed to ensure the safety and health of Iliganons participating in holiday celebration activities.
According to Lim, the Department of Health has earlier released guidelines for safer holiday celebrations and activities which include limiting the number of people in social gatherings and activities.
“Kung pwede kato rang membro sa inyong household, kamo ra pud magcelebrate sa pasko,” the EOC manager said.
[If possible, celebrate Christmas only with members of your household.] She also reiterated the Health department’s reminder to keep the activity as short as possible and observe minimum health standards such as wearing a face mask and keeping a distance of at least 1 meter.
“Avoid touching surfaces and ensure the cleanliness of the surroundings. Always sanitize your hands,” she added.
She further suggested that venues should be properly ventilated adding that it is better to celebrate in open spaces than in closed or contained spaces.
Lim also advised individuals who are vulnerable to diseases such as senior citizens and those with pre-existing disease to limit their participation in large social gatherings and risky activities.
“When sick, please stay home and call immediately your BHERTs or family doctor for a consultation so that you will be monitored. If ever you will be assessed with COVID-like symptoms, then you will be extended a free RT PCR testing,” the EOC manager added.
To date, the Iligan City Health Office has recorded 896 confirmed COVID-19 positive, 818 of which have recovered. Of the total confirmed positive, 30 are active cases of which 20 are admitted and 10 are quarantined in isolation facilities. (APB/PIA-ICIC)