MIAGAO, Iloilo – In the light of the widespread of 2019  Coronavirus (2019-nCov), Mayor Macario N. Napulan, MD created through Executive Order  2002-009 the Anti-Coronavirus Task Force to prevent the spread of the disease in the Municipality.

Chaired by Mayor Napulan himself, a doctor by profession, the Task Force was tasked to intensify information education campaign against Coronavirus and implement programs, projects and services necessary to promote the health and well-being of every Miagaowanons.

The task force will work on the aspects of prevention, containment and control, anti-coronavirus information management, local crisis management and environmental health management.

On Prevention, the task force was tasked to set-up Information or Call Center to facilitate the reporting of coronavirus suspects and contacts, conduct barangay wide-clean-up campaign and organize a minimum of one Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT)  in every 5,000 population.

On Containment and Control, the task force will receive records of persons arriving in the municipality from coronavirus affected country, provide logistical assistance to the BHERTS in carrying out their task, refer and transport coronavirus suspect to DOH designated referral centers and dispel rumors and calm down the people when hysteria and panic grip the community because of false and misleading information about the virus.

On Information Management, the task force will conduct consultation on the guidelines and protocol relative to the safety measures, and prevention and control of the virus, disseminate information materials, tap the local media in communication, and conduct public dialogue among others.

On Local Crisis Management to organize the BHERT, provide protective gadgets to each of the members of BHERT, monitor the prices of medicines and preventive gadgets and file charges against hoarding or overpricing, and in coordination with the police authorities, cause the establishment of check points if needed.

On Environmental Management, the task force is expected to ensure that garbage is properly disposed, and ensure that public places and areas are cleaned and disinfected.

Meantime, each of the managers designated in the Issuance are making plans to effectively carry out their duties and responsibilities as ordered. (ABMande)