QUEZON CITY, Feb. 17 -- Navotas remains free from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19), previously known as novel Coronavirus (nCov).
This was assured by Mayor Toby Tiangco, as he urged Navotenos to protect themselves against the disease, live normal lives and refrain from spreading speculations.
"There are no confirmed cases of nCov in our city. Our Task Force nCov, headed by our City Health Office, is on top of this issue. Live your normal life but be careful and protect yourself from this disease," he said.
"Please refrain from spreading speculations as these only lead to unnecessary alarm and confusion. Share information only from authorized sources such as the Department of Health, Navoteno Ako, and my or Cong. John Rey Tiangco's Facebook fanpages," he added.
He said that the city government has designated 8281-1111 as hotline number for any questions or clarifications regarding the disease. Those who do not have landline phones may also use the city's Text JRT (Johnrey oR Toby) facility.
The city has also established triage areas in Navotas City Hospital and in all 11 health centers where residents, who might have contracted the disease, may undergo initial assessment.
Meanwhile, City Health Officer Dr. Christia Padolina urged Navotenos to practice proper hygiene and healthy lifestyle and to let not fear of the disease rule their minds to prevent themselves from getting sick.
"Wash your hands regularly, follow cough etiquette, avoid sick persons, and ensure that fish and meat are properly cooked. We can also boost our immune system by drinking lots of water, getting enough sleep, and taking vitamins," she said.
"It is understandable that we are scared of nCov. However, we should avoid letting our fear paralyze us. This can make us lose sleep and very stressed and this, in turn, endangers our health," she added.
She confirmed that from February 3-12, Navotas had 16 persons under monitoring (PUM), three of whom have already been found negative for nCov.
PUMs are individuals who had been to China or had contact with a confirmed case but does not show any symptoms. They are advised to undergo 14 days of self-quarantine.
On the other hand, persons under investigation (PUI) are individuals who exhibit symptoms, had been to China or had an exposure to the virus. They need to be isolated from everyone. (NavotasPIO/PIANCR)