DOH R4A conducts swab testing activity at Laguna evac centers

DOH R4A conducts swab testing activity at Laguna evac centers

R4A DOH director Dr. Eduardo Janairo briefs evacuees on health protocols.

By Glen Ramos/Benjie Cuaresma

MANILA – Region 4A (Calabarzon) Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo yesterday led the swab testing activity and distribution of health kits in evacuation centers in the province of Laguna to prevent exposure or transmission of covid virus in temporary community shelters.

“We need to make sure that everyone in these evacuation centers are well managed and secure and most important of all, we must ensure their health and safety from the threat of Covid-19 virus,” Janairo said at one of the evacuation centers.

“Individuals in evacuation centers are required to share living spaces and sanitary facilities and constantly exposed to crowded conditions that is why we have to provide and sustain appropriate infection prevention measures to reduce the spread of infectious diseases,” he emphasized.

Among the evacuation centers visited were Lingga Elementary School in Purok 1, Barangay Lingga and Palingon Elementary School in Barangay Palingon, both in Calamba City.

Swab tests are done including checking of temperatures of all evacuees.

The health kits that were given included three face shields, 2 dozen face masks, an alcohol, three bath soaps and an information booklet on Covid-19.

The regional office also ensured that basic health protocols are being implemented in the evacuation centers like wearing of face mask, physical distancing and hand washing and sanitizing.

Janairo reminded everyone to always wash their hands with soap and assist their children in doing so.

“Gumamit lamang ng alcohol kung walang tubig at sabon dahil ito ay nakakatuyo ng balat kung madalas itong gagamitin,” he said.

“Iwasan ang pagkumpol-kumpol dahil ito ang panahon upang iwasan nyo ang isat-isa dahil hindi tayo nakakasiguro na ang kausap natin ay hindi na-expose sa may sakit o mayroong sakit na covid,” Janairo added.

“Importante na magsuot palagi ng face mask para hindi kayo mahawaan. Bawal din ang pagpapahiram ng mga personal na gamit tulad ng tootbruh, tuwalya, baso, kutsara at tinidor at plato. Siguraduhin ding malinis ang inyong mga gamit bago gamitin.”

Janairo also encouraged evacuees who are experiencing signs and symptoms to proceed immediately to the swab testing booths in order to be tested and be given immediate treatment if confirmed to be positive. 

“Matagal pa ang bakuna laban sa covid. Kailangan nating lahat na mag-ingat at magtulungan sa paglaban sa Covid upang tayo ay maging ligtas at malayo sa kapahamakan,” he stressed. (AI/MTVN)

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