Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Zamboanga City releases PUIs demographic map

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The local government has released late Wednesday a demographic of areas in Zamboanga City with reported persons under investigation, or PUIs, under strict observation by the Department of Health and the Zamboanga Task Force Covid-19.

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The demographic showed the areas of PUIs in 14 of Zamboanga’s 98 barangays - Baliwasan, Cabatangan, Guiwan, Mampang, Mercedes, San Jose Gusu, San Roque, Sinunuc, Santa Maria, Talon-Talon, Tetuan, Tugbungan, Tumaga and Calarian.

PUI is a person that shows symptoms of cough, colds and fever with a travel or contact history to countries or person that is affected with Covid-19.

It also released the areas where they are concentration of persons under monitoring, or PUMs - or those with travel and contact history to countries or person that is affected with Covid-19 but not displayed any symptoms and is advised to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine at home to be monitored by health workers.

Over a thousand PUMs have been recorded by health authorities, but more than 400 of them completed the quarantine period.

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Mayor Beng Climaco, who is at the forefront of the efforts to control the spread of the deadly respiratory disease since Day 1, said: “The critical point of action of everybody now is to prevent Covid-19 spread from barangay to barangay, hence the need for home quarantine as every barangay is vulnerable to the disease. No area in Zamboanga City is completely cleared from Covid-19. Do not be the vector that will spread Covid-19 to another barangay.”

A 29-year old man who returned here from Manila has been tested positive for the Covid-19 and is now placed under a strict quarantine. Climaco said the man arrived on March 13 on a Philippine Airline flight PR 2993 and went to West Metro Medical Center three days later for mild symptoms of the coronavirus. The man was swabbed for Covid-19 testing and test results confirmed he is infected with the virus and is now at a medical facility here. 

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Mayor Beng Climaco hands over to the City Health Office through Dr. Hussein Sahidjuan the personal protective equipment the local government purchased for healthcare workers assigned at the isolation and management facility at the ADZU-Lantaka campus as well as Zamboanga City Medical Center, and Covid-19 hospital. (Jasmine Mohammadsali and Christian Olasiman)

Climaco repeatedly appealed to residents to stay at home and strictly follow the guidelines on the enhanced community quarantine. And to inform or call health authorities or the Task Force Covid-19 on their hotlines Globe 0966-1754298, 0975-0730150, 0975-0730151 and Smart 0998-1758705, 0998-1758709; and PLDT 975-3800, 975-3801, 975-3802, 955-9601 if they know someone has developed or showed signs and symptoms of the disease.

Those under home quarantine, she said, must stay inside the house for 2 weeks and minimize close contact with other family members or other people in the household, wash hands frequently with soap and water, and disinfect touched objects and surfaces; and if possible, have separate rooms and utensils while monitor daily for signs and symptoms like fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Zamboanga now has over 2 dozen PUIs, however, 11 of them were tested negative and the others are still waiting for the results of their examination from RITM. More than 500 people are also being monitored by health authorities, although 130 people had completed their 14-day home quarantine. (Zamboanga Post)

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