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Kidapawan forms task force vs COVID-19

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The city government of Kidapawan has created an Inter-Agency Task Force Against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Mayor Joseph Evangelista issued Executive Order No. 012 series of 2020 on February 18 providing for the Task Force’s functions to intensity action to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 in the city.

Health Officer Dr. Joy Encienzo said that the Department of Health (DOH) designated the Kidapawan Medical Specialist Center Incorporated, being a level 2 medical facility in the city, to handle possible COVID-19 cases and conduct swab tests.

Encienzo said the Task Force is planning to pass a resolution establishing a referral protocol for patients with suspected cases of COVID-19 and designating an ambulance from the City Call 911 as an exclusive transport vehicle for COVID-19 patients.

The public is advised to report to the City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (CESU) possible COVID-19 cases, Encienzo added.

“Once a possible COVID-19 case is validated, the CESU will coordinate with the City Call 911 for the transportation of patients to designated referral and admission facility,” the official said.

As of February 27, Kidapawan City has two persons under monitoring (PUM) for COVID-19.

The said PUM’s traveled from Hong Kong but manifested no symptoms of the virus, the city government said.

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