ILIGAN CITY — The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the Provincial Health Office (PHO) conducted an orientation meeting on the proper handling of remains on suspect, probable, and confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Participated by Municipal Health Office – Sanitary Inspectors, Chief of Hospitals, and Funeral Parlor Owners/Operators in the province, the orientation was held on Thursday, April 23, at the Mindanao Civic Center Gymnasium in Tubod, Lanao del Norte.
Dr. Teresa M. Reponte, acting provincial health officer, introduced the guidelines on the correct handling of human remains of suspected, probable, and confirmed COVID-19.
Engr. George A. Demavivas, provincial health emergency management system coordinator, discussed the standard procedure set by the Department of Health for COVID-19, to be followed and observed strictly by all personnel task to handle a dead body.
He emphasized the importance of wearing the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when dealing with a human remain whether suspected or infected with COVID-19, to protect themselves from exposure to the virus and other surface areas that are possibly contaminated.
Surgical gloves, goggles, face shields, and long sleeves water-resistant gowns, are the suggested PPE that one should wear.
PHO Statistician Officer Elvin J. Pomicpic demonstrated to the participants the proper step in handling the PPE.
Carmelyn B. Mayol and Fatima Lykka Eppie, representatives of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, also explained the agency’s COVID-19 death assistance for indigent families.
Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo has tasked the PHO to actively initiate activities with the private and public sectors that are relevant in the fight against COVID-19.
The Provincial Government, with the support of 1st District Representative Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative Abdullah ‘Bobby’ Dimakuta Dimaporo, is doing its best to protect the security and health of the people of the province of Lanao del Norte. (PIO-LDN)