Navotas has zero COVID-19 cases
Mayor Toby Tiangco reassured the public that Navotas remains free from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19), previously known as novel Coronavirus (nCov).
“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.
Tiangco noted 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.
He added that the city has 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.
“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, Navoteño Ako, and my or Cong. John Rey Tiangco’s Facebook fanpages,” he said.
Meanwhile, City Health Officer Dr. Christia Padolina 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.
Padolina advised Navoteños to practice proper hygiene and healthy lifestyle 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 reminded.
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