Davao City tightens watch vs novel coronavirus

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The city government of Davao has heightened its watch on the entry of people in the city, particularly at the airport, amid the threat of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

City Health Office (CHO) head Dr. Josephine Villafuerte said the city government is closely coordinating with the Bureau of Quarantine to step up screening of people at all points coming to the city, especially at Davao International Airport which receives daily domestic flights and international flights from Hong Kong, Singapore, Manado, and Quanzhou.

She said the CHO has also a team at the airport to assist the Quarantine personnel in ferrying those who will arrive at the airport with symptoms of flu.

“Our role is to ferry those who will show symptoms of flu. Our team is on stand by and we also have an ambulance there,” she said.

Villafuerte also called on the people to immediately seek the advice of a doctor if they show flu symptoms like fever and cough.

Department of Health (DOH) 11 assistant regional director Dr. Lenny Joy Rivera said the airport is equipped with a thermal scanner that detects the temperature of all arriving passengers at the airport.

“The symptoms of Coronavirus are like ordinary flu it’s just that it is a new strain. All those who will be tested with high fever using our thermal scanner will be quarantined,” she said.

The coronavirus reportedly originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. Since its discovery in December, several people have already died due to the disease.