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Marcos urges LGUs to fast track setting up of BIUs for Filipinos suspected to have nCoV

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senator Imee Marcos called on local government units (LGUs) on Tuesday to fast track the establishment of Barangay Isolation Units (BIUs) for returning Filipinos from countries with confirmed cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease (2019-nCov ARD) but refuse admission in hospitals.

Senator Imee Marcos (Senator Imee Marcos Official Facebook Page / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Senator Imee Marcos (Senator Imee Marcos Official Facebook Page / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

She said LGUs should do their part in preventing the 2019-nCoV from further spreading in the country and speed up the creation and staffing of BIUs.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), in a memorandum issued February 6, ordered local chief executives to designate certain areas in villages as BIUs, or the temporary facility to house persons from countries with confirmed cases of the infection or were exposed to environments with severe respiratory diseases.

It could be an empty house, or a building within the barangay where persons will be kept isolated during the mandatory 14-day quarantine under the care of health workers wearing personal protective equipment.

“Kailangan tutukan kung aling mga LGU ang sumusunod at kung sino ang mga pasaway para hindi tayo mapako sa sisihan at hindi na lumaki ang problema natin sa nCoV (We should monitor which LGUs are compliant and which are not so that we will not end up blaming each other and the nCoV will not worsen),” Marcos said in a statement issued on Monday.

She said immigration authorities should inform LGUs about the arrival of their respective residents.

The Department of Health has repeatedly called on persons under investigation (PUIs) to cooperate with authorities.

As of Monday, the number of PUIs, or those being monitored for possible 2019-nCoV ARD, has reached 314. A DOH official said almost all regions in the country have at least one PUI.

Marcos also raised alarm over reports that flights from China continue to land in the Philippines despite the nCoV threat.

“Kung tuloy-tuloy ang kalakarang ito, maaring mawalang-bisa ang quarantine para sugpuin ang paglaganap ng nCoV (If this continues, our quarantine efforts will be useless in preventing the spread of nCoV),” she said.

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