Quezon rep to PUIs: No reason to panic

March 18, 2020

LUCENA CITY--- Patients under investigation (PUIs) for coronavirus (COVID-19) have no reason to panic as long as they exercise necessary precautionary measures.

​Thus assured Quezon Rep. Angelina Tan, a doctor of medicine who chairs the committee on health in the House of Representatives.

Tan said as long as the PUIs are following the instructions of health officials religiously, they have nothing to worry about their safety.

​As to the basic problems now being faced by the frontline health workers as a result of President Rodrigo Duterte's enforcement of enhanced community quarantine, Tan said she is now finding ways to address them.

Despite taking all the risks just to combat the prevailing crisis, Tan said the health workers, especially those in the field are now suffering from different problems.

​With the suspension of public transport, she said health workers are among those who are badly affected.

​"Many of them claim that authorities manning checkpoints refuse to acknowledge their IDs and refrain them from proceeding their duties", said Tan.

With that, the solon said she immediately coordinated with concerned officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Health and the police to address the problem and at the same time provide a special lane if possible, for the workers in order not to hamper the immediate delivery of basic necessities such as foods and medicine.

​She said another problem that the workers are facing is the absence of space for them to stay in since they no longer go home after the day's work.

"Since we have national public health emergency and hospitals have no extra rooms or space that can be used by the duty health workers, I'm looking into the possibility that local chief ececutives can do something so that rooms in apartles or hotels located near hospitals can be used by them as temporary quarter", Tan said.

She also asked the public to include the health workers in their prayers.

​As of Tuesday afternoon, Quezon has 1 confirmed COVID-19 case, 27 PUIs inluding 1 mortality, according to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Grace Santiago.

With the prevailing enhanced community quarantine, Santiago said everyone is now considered persons under investigation (PUM).

Meanwhile, Quezon Governor Danilo Suarez yestetday led a Joint Quezon Provincial Inter-Agency COVID-19 Task Force and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) meeting  was held at Queen Margarette Hotel here.