Iligan City declares state of calamity


ILIGAN CITY — The local government here declared the city under the state of calamity on Friday in a bid to strengthen measures to prevent the potential spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

The move came a day before health officials reported the death of Mindanao’s first Covid-19 patient on Saturday in Cagayan de Oro City.

Before the patient was admitted at the government-run Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) in Cagayan de Oro, he was treated at the Adventist Medical Center here for days.

Dr. Edgar Nadal, AMC president, said 20 hospital health workers who had direct exposure with the Covid-19 patient are now under home quarantine.

“They are asymptomatic and are taken care of. Despite the case, AMC is still considered the most prepared hospital in Iligan when it comes to taking care of patients suspected to have been infected with the virus,” Nadal said on Thursday.

City Councilor Lamberto Macapagal, the chairperson of the committee on health, said Saturday that the declaration grants Mayor Celso Regencia the authority to disburse emergency funds to procure supplies needed for the city to detect and contain Covid-19.

Macapagal pointed out that Task Force Covid-19 members, health personnel, and the city’s Covid-19 tracking teams are in dire need of masks, gloves, personal protective suit, thermal scanner, alcohol, and sanitizer.

He said the task force is currently was conducting contact-tracing the relatives of the Covid-19 casualty, who was a resident of Lanao del Sur.

“We wanted to procure test kits but I’m afraid we can’t do that because we are aware that the national office of the DOH (Department of Health) is in need of test kits. We also wanted to procure disinfectant machine but we will check if our funding is enough,” Macapagal said.

On the same day the state of calamity was declared, the City Council also approved an ordinance implementing curfew hours as another measure to contain the spread of the virus.

The approved curfew hours will run from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for minors and 12 midnight to 4 a.m. for adults.