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Solon calls for tightened sanitary measures vs COVID-19

Iligan City (March 8, 2020) — In light of the latest development where the Department of Health (DOH) had confirmed Saturday local transmission of COVID-19 in the country, Congressman Frederick W. Siao, representative of the lone district, this city, called on government agencies and the public to implement and execute stricter measures against the infectious disease.

As a member of the House transportation committee, Siao called on local government units, the MMDA, LTO, and LTFRB and appealed to transport firms to ensure “transport terminals have activated public health procedures, and proper supplies and facilities for hand washing, personal hygiene, and restrooms.”

Through a statement released Sunday, Siao said that all restrooms at terminals and aboard transport vehicles, inter-island ships, seaports, airports, and airplanes must be double checked and kept clean at all times. He likewise noted that passengers and personnel who show symptoms of any infectious disease should be immediately attended to.

“For land transport, every terminal restroom and stop along the route must be stocked with more than enough soap and faucet water, and trash cans. All restrooms must be cleaned regularly. Even gas stations' restrooms should be kept clean always,” said Siao.

The DOH confirmed Saturday the sixth case of the disease in the country. According to Secretary Francisco Duque III, the health department is exhausting all efforts to identify other potential patients who may have come in contact with the confirmed cases to prevent localized transmission from progressing and spreading to several communities.

Secretary Duque had recommended for the declaration of a state of public health emergency to which President Duterte had agreed to.

To help prevent the massive transmission of the disease, Siao recommended to transport groups to do their own share to ensure safety of passengers and protect public health. He recommended that frequently-touched surfaces on all transport vehicles must be sanitized including baggage compartments, doorknobs, handle bars, railings, windows, seat covers, and armrests.

“All public transport vehicles should be stocked with soap, rubbing alcohol, and hand sanitizers. There should now be proper health hygiene measures,” Siao added.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is now a total of 95,265 reported cases of COVID-19 globally, and 3,281 deaths. ###

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