pr council 08FEB20

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday assured its support to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) in the response actions on the Novel corona virus threat.

In an emergency full council meeting, the NDRRMC enjoined all its member-agencies to support the IATF-EID. Agreements were made on the assistance to be extended to the task force.

Specifically, the NDRRMC shall provide assistance on the task force’s information dissemination campaigns, risk communication plans, conduct of contact tracing and field validation, repatriation operations of Filipinos, coordination with Local Government Units and partners, mobilization of logistics and conduct of bio-chemical interventions, management of quarantine areas, and other tasks that may directed by the Health Cluster, Executive Director, and Chairperson of the council to ensure an effective, efficient, timely, and well-coordinated response.

NDRRMC will also secure the full participation of the local DRRM councils in the response actions by cascading infection control initiatives.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III reported that, as of 06 February 2020, there have been a total of 28,276 cases of 2019 nCov ARD, of which 564 have died. Of these number of deaths, 563 occurred in China; and 1 in the Philippines. There are three (3) confirmed 2019-nCoV ARD cases in the country, according to DOH, all of which are of Chinese nationality. A cumulative total of 178 patients nationwide are under investigation (PUIs) for the 2019-nCoV ARD.

The meeting was presided by NDRRMC Chairperson and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and attended by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea as well as the heads and top officials of all NDRRMC member agencies.

All NDRRMC Response Clusters were directed to collaborate with their counterparts at the national and local levels and work closely with the DOH as the lead agency of both the IATF-IED and NDRRMC Health Cluster. “Let us support the efforts of the IATF-EID. We need to have a unified response to identify, track, control, and prevent the rise of nCoV ARD cases in our country,” Lorenzana said.