The Bangsamoro government’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has appealed to the local government units (LGUs) to strengthen the monitoring of returning locally stranded individuals (LSIs), especially those who arrived in the region using their private vehicles, and ensure that they pass through necessary protocols before sending them back to their homes.
Health Minister Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan made the call Wednesday, June 10, as the MOH recorded seven new positive cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) Tuesday, June 9.
He said the new cases are LSIs who were sent back home to Lanao del Sur last June 6.
“The RT-PCR testing came out yesterday and 7 of them tested positive,” Dipatuan said.
The said LSIs, who arrived at Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro City via chartered sweeper flight, were from Baguio, Rizal, Quezon City and San Juan.
“This is really a challenge to us, because some LSIs returning home are not properly coordinated and documented, particularly those who are travelling by land using their private vehicles,” Dipatuan said.
He said there is no problem with LSIs and returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were sent back through sweeper flights or vessels, because MOH can easily monitor them. They were directly sent to isolation facilities, symptomatic or not.
To ensure safety of the communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Dipatuan also appealed to the LSIs going back home to always cooperate with their LGUs and undergo necessary protocols.
As of Wednesday, BARMM has a total of 38 positive Covid-19 cases, eight of them have recovered, four died and 27 are active cases—26 are admitted and one recovering in an isolation facility.
Of the 38 total confirmed cases, 18 are from Lanao del Sur, 16 from Maguindanao, two from Basilan, two from Sulu, while Tawi-Tawi remains to have zero recorded case.
“All of our active cases are stable and are on strict quarantine and medication,” Dipatuan said.