Medical society backs S. Cotabato’s calibrated lockdown
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Mar. 30 (PIA) — In an open letter dated March 29, the South Cotabato Medical Society expressed their support for South Cotabato Governor Tamayo Jr.’s issuance of Executive Order No. 20, amending an earlier EO placing the province under enhanced community quarantine and calibrated total lockdown.
“We, the officers and members of the South Cotabato Medical Society supports our Governor, Hon. Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr., in his Executive Order No. 20 An order Amending Executive Order No. 18 DECLARING AND PLACING THE ENTIRE PROVINCE UNDER ENHANCED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE AND CALIBRATED TOTAL LOCKDOWN,” the open letter signed by the society president, Dr. Jose Ferrrante Solano, states.
On Thursday, Gov. Tamayo issued EO 20 prohibiting entry of non-residents of the province and amending guidelines pertaining to restrictions on entry and exit of medical personel employed outside of South Cotabato, patients undergoing treatment outside of the province, and delivery of medical supplies, food, and other essential items.
South Cotabateño medical professionals working outside of the province may opt to continue serving in their stations but should undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine once they reenter the province.
Those undergoing dialysis and treatment outside of South Cotabato are urged to temporarily seek treatment in health facilities inside the province. Those who must travel outside the province for treatment, as well as their companions, should subject themselves to self-quarantine upon return.
Cargoes and delivery trucks are still allowed entry to the province but should be subject to strict observance to one-driver-one-helper policy and stringent disinfection protocol.
“Gov. Tamayo made a big and decisive move, to heed our call to impose a community quarantine in the province. The COVID-19 crisis is not a joke, as it has cost us thousands of lives including those our colleagues. It is a pandemic that has affected 189 countries including the world’s greatest nations,” the letter continues.
They also explained their initiative to call for a province-wide lockdown.
“Our aim for this lockdown, together with the Local Government of South Cotabato is to slow the surge of Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs) and Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) so as not to overwhelm the doctors and the health care providers.”
In exchange, they appealed for public cooperation in the fight against coronavirus.
“Members in our society volunteered to be in the frontline despite the danger they are facing. South Cotabateños, we want to serve you in this battle. But please, stay home for now. That’s the only help we are asking from you. Be with us in this battle. We should all unite!”
South Cotabato Medical Society also supports the designation of a hospital as exclusive confinement center for patients under investigation.
Dr. Rogelio Aturdido Jr., provincial health officer, told Philippine Information Agency that members of the medical society have volunteered to serve at the PUI confinement facility. (DED-PIA XII)