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Health checks in Bacolod on all ships from Manila and other islands as metro goes on community quarantine

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Private and government nurses will take turns checking passengers from metropolitan Manila and other islands docking in two major private ports here as President Duterte placed the country’s capital under community quarantine to halt the spread of the COVID19 disease.

Physician Grace Tan, spokesperson of the local COVID task force, told DNX nurses of the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation (BREDCO) will conduct on-shore temperature checks on all disembarking passengers and distribute health forms to be filled up while passengers are still onboard.

Local COVID task force spokesperson Dr. Grace Tan. | Photo by Richard D. Meriveles
Local COVID task force spokesperson Dr. Grace Tan. | Photo by Richard D. Meriveles

BREDCO, a land development company, owns the wharf at the area it reclaimed here.

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The health forms will be filled out by the passengers who are expected to give personal, contact details, and travel history.

Those with red flags, such as travel to countries covered by government bans or flu-like symptoms will be identified on ship and will be referred to health authorities once on land.

A city ambulance outfitted for patient pickup will bring those classified as either under monitoring or under investigation to a medical facility.

The local council here had already declared Wednesday a state of public health emergency.

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Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.

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