Tawid News Magazine

Ilocos Sur creates inter-agency task force vs. COVID-19

DR. ROLAND ZARA, infectious diseases specialist, discusses the history of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases (EREID) held on Thursday at the Governor's Office of the Provincial Capitol in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. (photo by April M. Montes-Bravo/PIA Ilocos Sur)

VIGAN CITY — The provincial government of Ilocos Sur created an inter-agency task force for the management of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases (EREID) that will spearhead the monitoring and implementation of control measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The multi-sectoral task force is headed by Governor Ryan Luis Singson with the Provincial Health Officer and the Provincial Agriculture Officer as vice chairpersons.

Members include the Sanggunian Panlalawigan Chair on the Committee on Health; provincial heads of the Philippine National Police, Philippine Information Agency and the Department of the Interior and Local Government; schools division superintendents; provincial officers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Health (DOH); president of the Association of Municipal Health Officers of the Philippines-Ilocos Sur; president of the Philippine Hospitals Association-Ilocos Sur Chapter; chief of hospitals; quarantine officer; EREID team; officers from the Bureau of Immigration and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The task force formally convened for a meeting on Thursday afternoon to map out strategies and necessary measures to assess, monitor, contain, control and prevent the spread of any potential epidemic in the province of Ilocos Sur.

READ: Ilocos Sur on guard vs. coronavirus

In an Executive Order No. 6 issued by the Governor, it stated the following functions of the task force:

Meanwhile, more than 500 participants from various government and non-government sectors attended the orientation and symposium of the COVID-19 at the Candon City Civic Center on Wednesday, February 12.

It was spearheaded by the city government of Candon, headed by Mayor Ericson Singson, in partnership with the Provincial Health Office, headed by Dr. Carmeliza Singson with the Department of Health in the Ilocos, represented by Dr. Roland Zara, infectious diseases specialist.

READ: Region 1 remains free of 2019-nCoV

Dr. Singson discussed the updates on COVID-2019 cases in the country and around the world, and the decision protocols and contingency plan of the provincial government against the said disease while Dr. Zara discussed the history of the COVID-19 and the Dos and Don’ts to prevent the spread of the disease.

Anent to this, the city government of Candon formed a COVID Emergency Response Team where Mayor Singson acts as the chairperson and created the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) in each barangay as a helping hand of the local government to control the disease.

The same awareness campaign about the COVID-19 was also held in the municipality of Caoayan. ●

Exit mobile version