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Ilocos Norte's medical task force leads measures vs COVID-19

by PGIN-CMO

Mar. 18, 2020 ...

Leading Ilocos Norte's preventive and curative measures against the coronavirus disease, members of Task Force Salun-at, the province's prime medical team, convened in a meeting yesterday to discuss immediate medical concerns of the Ilokano community.

Headed by Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc, Task Force Salun-at is composed of Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, Governor Roque B. Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital, PGIN-Provincial Health Office, and component city and municipal health offices.

Previously Institutionalized under Executive Order (EO) No. 51-20, "Task Force Salun-at: Sagubanit Adaywannak," was fully activated upon placing the province under community quarantine through EO No. 60-20 on March 14.

Duties and responsibilities of the task force include raising community awareness, promoting preventive and curative measures, perform rapid action and resource mobilization, clinical management and public health response, and planning and periodic reporting.

In an advisory, Governor Marcos Manotoc reiterated a reminder:

"These are the only people who should wear face masks: PUM or persons under monitoring, those who have possibly been expose to COVID-19 carriers but without symptoms; PUI or persons under investigation, those who show COVID-19 symptoms; individuals who are sick; and those who have direct contact of PUM, PUI, or people with COVID-19 like our frontline service providers."

He also acknowledged the efforts of the province's entire medical team saying, "Thank you. We could not express enough our gratitude to all of you, most especially our health workers and everyone who is dealing with this."