TACURONG CITY, Sultan Kudarat, Feb.17 (PIA) - Amidst the growing concern over the novel coronavirus (nCoV) now called coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 and the African Swine Fever (ASF), Tacurong City LGU is expediting their efforts to prevent the entry of said emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in Tacurong.
Last week, City Administrator Roberto Ayco called for a meeting of involved offices and agencies to discuss more initiatives to undertake in the wake of confirmed nCoV cases in Luzon and ASF cases already recorded in nearby South Cotabato province. Present during the meeting were City Health Officer Giovanni Deles, OIC City Veterinarian Allan Alimajen, Jr., LDRRM Officer Rodrigo Jamorabon, and Joint Task Force Talakudong Commander Col. Ferdinand Lacadin. Representatives of the office of local DILG, Information Section, Agriculture, and City Schools Division were also present.
The Local Government Unit (LGU) has already established an Incident Command System (ICS) that would integrate all efforts and responses relative to nCoV and ASF.
To date, the City Health Office reported that no patient under investigation (PUI) has been monitored yet in the city. There was also no reported case of ASF yet but local authorities are unwavering in their campaign to prevent the disease in entering the city.
To avoid misinformation on coronavirus that engenders paranoia, city mayor Angelo Roncal O. Montilla also urged the Offices for City Health and Veterinary Services to intensify their information campaign.
Last week, representatives of the two offices joined mayor Montilla at the LGU's Kapehan sa Kahanginan, a weekly interaction with the local media to give information and update on nCoV and ASF. (Allan Freno/LGU Tacurong/AC Agad PIA12)