Barangays required to form health response teams for coronavirus outbreak

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 04 2020 04:08 PM

People line up to purchase face masks in Bambang, Manila on January 30, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- The national government has required villages across the country to form a barangay health emergency response team to help in efforts to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus.

Barangay chairpersons are tasked to form a team composed of an executive officer, a barangay tanod, and 2 barangay health workers—one of whom should be a nurse or a midwife, according to the Presidential Communications Operations Office.

Members of the health response team will be equipped with protective gears such as surgical gowns, goggles, masks, and gloves by the government.

“If symptoms of the virus are observed in an individual, the BHERT (Barangay Health Emergency Response Team) must immediately isolate the person suspected with coronavirus in a room away from the rest of the family members,” the PCOO said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the allocation of some P2 billion for the protective gear of health workers seeking to contain the virus outbreak after the Philippines recorded the first death from the disease outside China.

The 44-year-old Chinese man who died came from Wuhan—the global epicenter of the virus, and was the companion of a 38-year-old Chinese woman, also from Wuhan, who was the first to test positive for the virus in the Philippines.