ALL persons and motor vehicles entering Camp Crame, the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police and all other camps nationwide are now required to undergo disinfection on orders of PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus, the Journal Group was told yesterday.
According to PNP spokesman, Brigadier General Bernard M. Banac, a walk-thru decontamination station has been put up at the camp’s entrance in Gate 2 along Santolan Avenue to disinfect all persons entering the place. The PNP-NHQ’s three other gates have been closed to public two weeks ago as part of the enhanced community quarantine drive of the government.
Banac said the makeshift decontamination procedure is part of the PNP-wide Biosafety Plan recommended by the PNP Health Service.
He explained that all vehicles entering Camp Crame have to pass thru a tire bath and its occupants are required to alight and walk thru a disinfectant misting tent to undergo a body temperature scan.
Also part of the Biosafety Plan is the proper disposal of biohazardous waste materials such as discarded Personnel Protective Equipment including body suits, face masks and gloves.
The PNP-HSS headed by Brig. Gen. Alexander J. Sampaga is implementing the anti-COVID-19 measure at the PNP national headquarters.
Last Saturday, the PNP Health Service headed by Brig. Gen. Herminio S. Tadeo Jr. confirmed the death of one policeman earlier listed as a Person Under Monitoring (PUM) for COVID-19 exposure.
Banac said the cop whose name was withheld succumbed to cardiac arrest. The policeman had a history of exposure to a COVID-positive person and has been on self-quarantine for a week before he died.
The official said that the PNP is also observing all DOH-prescribed protocols in managing three confirmed COVID-19 cases involving police personnel.
He said that a 3rd policeman, a 35-year old resident of Pasay City tested positive for COVID-19 bringing to three the total number of police personnel infected by the deadly virus as of yesterday.
The case of the 3rd policeman was confirmed by the PNP Health Service following official test results released by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.
The two other confirmed COVID-19 cases in the PNP are from Manila and Laguna.
The PNP-HS said that to date, there are 97 police personnel composed of 21 Police Commissioned Officers and 72 Police Non-Commissioned Officers who have been considered as Persons Under Investigation and 1,228 others composed of 246 officers and the rest non-officers who were listed as PUMs.
“All these police personnel have been ordered to go on self-quarantine/ isolation for further observation subject to possible testing as may be determined by parameters set by DOH,” said Banac.