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Sarangani leads “massive disinfection” vs COVID-19 in Region 12

Sarangani leads “massive disinfection” vs COVID-19 in Region 12

ALABEL, Sarangani (March 17, 2020) – In the bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Sarangani Capitol led a massive cleanup and disinfection drive together with some of the seven municipalities, private and public establishments in the province on Monday (March 17).

This was to partly address the COVID-19 based on the recent proclamation No.922 declaring a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines.

The proclamation prompted the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Sarangani to initiate and call for a simultaneous cleanup and disinfecting drive as a primary preventive measure against the spread of the virus.

Federico Yadao, medical technologist of the Provincial Health Office, said “in the whole region, tayo pa lang ang mayroong set-up na Sabayang Linis kontra COVID-19.”

“This is to drumbeat the activity for the whole province of Sarangani including the seven municipalities, all agencies, all barangays and even other LGUs in the region para sumabay sila. We even put down our flag ceremony to give way for this activity,” Yadao added.

The disinfection drive was done to inject cleanliness to the employees, offices, establishments and the community to combat COVID-19.

Yadao highlighted, “ang kailangan dito is lahat tayo ay nakakaalam kung sino talaga yung kalaban at kung paano natin mapo-protektahan yung ating mga sarili, komunidad maging ang ating mga opisina.”

Volunteers from PHO together with some of the Sarangani Marine Philippine Navy Reservists manned the activity and applied all spaces inside the Capitol Compound with Benzalkonium Chloride solution as disinfectant which efficiency will last for 3 days against viruses.

“We used Benzalkonium Chloride because this is safe. Ito yung ginagamit natin dun sa ating mga laundry as antibac. Ito yung active ingredient present in our laundry powders. Gamit ito, in 3 days, there will be no growth of bacteria doon sa mga surfaces na na-disinfect natin even if we do a swab test,” said Yadao.

During the disinfection drive, compression sprayers and handheld misting machines were used and volunteers were backed up with personal protective equipment (PPE).

According to Yadao, purchasing the disinfecting machine and PPEs will have to take a minimum of eight weeks to be transported, and with the country’s current situation “waiting will just make the condition worse.”

"We are also blessed for having leaders who are concerned for their people. These massive cleanup and disinfecting drive were Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon’s battle cry. He really called out everybody for a workshop and appealed to have a day to do a massive cleaning in the whole of Sarangani," Yadao added.

Dr. Arvin Alejandro, provincial health officer, said “after this massive disinfecting drive, ang ating receiving area dito sa Capitol will be centralized and our working hours would be until 4 o’clock in the afternoon and then 4 onwards will be the disinfection of the receiving area.”

“May mga safety measures din na ginawa, sa buong Kapitolyo iisa lang yung entry point natin at iisa lang din yung exit point para ma monitor yung mga pumapasok. The visitation is restricted. Yun lang mga may appointments ang pwede pumunta. Di na din pwede yung magpapa picture sa Capitol building,” Alejandro added.

In general, the cleanup and disinfecting drive was successful.

“In terms of support, we had huge support coming from the government officials. Ang pag-mobilize natin ng mga tao and mga volunteers turned-out to be positive and in terms of response, we have reached our goal,” said Yadao.

As of the writing, there are 267 PUMs, six PUIs and no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sarangani. (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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