By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Bacolod City Health Office (CHO) is currently monitoring 20 new patients for coronavirus disease, or Covid-19. CHO Environment and Sanitation Division chief, Dr. Grace Tan, said 13 of them recently arrived from South Korea; four originated from Malaysia; along with one patient each from Singapore, Japan, and Thailand.
The CHO official noted, all but one are Filipinos.
She added, the 20 are not confined to a hospital but are under self-quarantine at their respective homes and, pointed out, the city currently has no patients under investigation.
“We don’t need to admit them because they are just [undergoing] monitoring within 14 days from the day they arrived,” Tan explained.
She noted, the patients in question arrived between February 24 and 28.
Meanwhile, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said the Bacolod City Inter-Agency Task Force Against Novel Coronavirus met yesterday to discuss the Health Declaration Form.
“The task force [has] noticed the form has no compulsion if [left] as is,” the mayor explained. “We are studying the possibilities of making it more forceful by making it some kind of legal document that will resolve to sanction persons that refuse to give correct information.”
In addition, he advised Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran to propose an ordinance requiring business establishments such as airlines, shipping companies, hotels, and others to strictly require clientele to fill out the Health Declaration Form./DGB, WDJ