PNP medical staff put on alert for SARS-like virus

January 22, 2020

PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday ordered the PNP Health Service to help health authorities address possible SARS-like virus from China.  

“PNP chief PGen Archie Francisco Gamboa has ordered the Director of PNP Health Service, Brigadier General John Luglug, to coordinate with the Department of Health authorities as it continues to probe whether the SARS-like virus had infected a 5-year-old Chinese boy who was already sick when he arrived in the country from Wuhan, China with his mother in Cebu on January 12,” said PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard M. Banac.

Health authorities on Tuesday started investigating a potential first case of the SARS-like virus that has infected hundreds in China after a 5-year-old child who arrived in the country  last January 12 was hospitalized after showing flu symptoms. The child came from Wuhan, China.

“Likewise, all Regional Directors of Police Regional Offices have been ordered to coordinate with their respective counterpart Regional Health Offices to help mitigate the possible effects and assist in case order is given to locate other persons identified by DOH who possibly manifest flu-like symptoms and fit the description of the new virus,” said Banac.

“We assure the public that PNP remains alert and vigilant to ensure public order and safety even as we continue relief operations and enforce a total lock- down in the permanent danger zone around Taal Volcano to keep the evacuees safe and secured,” he added.