ALL persons and motor vehicles entering Camp Crame, the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police and all other camps nationwide have been ordered to undergo disinfection as part of the PNP leadership’s effort to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus, officials said 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 which is now being observed in Camp Crame and all PNP camps as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19.
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 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 in the national headquarters.
As of last Thursday, the PNP-HS headed by Brig. Gen. Herminio S. Tadeo Jr. said they are monitoring the condition of 76 PNP personnel considered as Persons Under Investigation (PUIs), and another 905 police personnel listed as Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs) to determine further actions according to the parameters set by Department of Health.
PNP doctors are also closely monitoring the condition of two active duty PNP personnel who recently tested positive for COVID-19 infection, Banac said.
The PNP spokesperson likewise denied news reports regarding the death of two policemen purportedly due to COVID-19 infection.
Banac clarified that Staff Sergeant Roderick Taca of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and SSgt. Feliciana Malana of the PNP Highway Patrol Group tested negative for COVID-19 infection and their deaths were caused by other medical conditions.