MMDA: No reason to panic, gov’t on top of nCoV situation

February 03, 2020

AMID the threat brought by the 2019 novel corona virus respiratory disease (nCoV ARD) the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC) sees no reason for the public to panic.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jojo Garcia, during the MMDRRMC meeting yesterday, assured the public that the government, particularly the Department of Health, is on top of the situation after confirming two cases of 2019 n-CoV ARD in the country.

Garcia also appealed to the public to not spread unreliable information about the virus.

“We should refrain from spreading fake news and must listen only to experts and reliable sources to avoid panic,” he explained.

He also said that should there be a suspected case of 2019 n-CoV ARD, the public can call the DoH thru their anti-nCoV hotline: 8711-1001 and 8711-1002.

Local government units in Metro Manila also have their own emergency hotline numbers that the public can contact. Garcia also assured the public that hospitals in the Metro are fully equipped to screen suspected carriers of the virus.

“Our local disaster risk reduction and management offices are also trained to respond to this situation. Weeks before the announcement of confirmed cases of n-CoV in the country, they’ve been given proper orientation in coordinating suspected cases to various hospitals, and triaging systems,” Focal Person for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and Metropolitan Public Safety Office Chief Michael Salalima said.

Department of Interior and Local Government NCR Assistant Regional Director Juan Jovian Ingeniero said that chief executives in Metro Manila has been given full authority to contain the virus.