"We ensure na meron talaga tayong safety officers sa evacuation areas so that we will be able to ensure na minimum health standards will be complied with," DOH Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire said in the media briefing on Monday, November 16.
Vergeire added that there is a possibility of surge of cases in evacuation centers especially if the number of people in enclosed areas are staying together.
"Hindi siya maikakaila [ang posibilidad] na sa isang lugar na magkakasama ang mga tao especially if talagang may crowding na hindi sila magcocomply sa minimum health standards," Vergeire said.
Meanwhile, the health department intensified the initiatives in ensuring that COVID-19 will not spread in these areas as well as monitoring the status of hospitals and health facilities.
"Patuloy natin minomonitor ang lagay ng ating hospitals at health facilities na naapektuhan ng bagyo upang matugunan ang mga pangangailangan nila," Vergeire said.
The DOH Central Office reported to mobilize atleast 29 million worth of medicines, hygiene kits, supplies for COVID-19 response, and commodities for the affected families of Typhoon Rolly and Ulysses.
"The government is doing everything we can so that we can prevent this kind of situation to happen," Vergeire said. (PIA-NCR)
By Joedie Mae Boliver