‘Brave’ DOH-6 hailed for correcting Guimbal gaffe

first_imgShe revealed one case – a pregnant staff ofher sister Rep. Sharon Garin of AAMBIS-OWWA party-list. Iloilo’s Vice Gov. Christine Garin. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Na-realize sang DOH ang ila mistake. Sala angpag-interpret nila nga PUMs ang tanan nga Guimbalanon,” Colada toldPanay News. Guimbal has a population of some 36,000.Residents were taken aback by the implication of them being classified as PUMs– that would mean they won’t be able to leave their homes for two weeks. Garin said DOH-6’s clarification was crucial,considering the discrimination that Guimbalanons were subjected to right afterthe unfortunate PUM declaration. Garin’s sister Vice Mayor Jennifer Garin-ColadaGuimbal also welcomed DOH-6 rectification. With DOH-6 rectifying its earlier statement,Garin said the discrimination on the people of Guimbal should already end. The staff was scheduled for caesarianoperation at a hospital in Iloilo City but right after DOH-6 declared the wholeresidents of Guimbal as PUMs, the hospital rescheduled the operation, saidGarin. “I’m thankful for DOH kay they have the guts to say nganagsala sila. Indi mahapos ina. Tawo man lang kita, nagsala kita. It’s noteasy to say sorry, especially at a time like this,” Garin told Panay News. On Wednesday night, Director Marlyn Convocarof DOH-6 issued a clarification: “Since the municipality of Guimbal is onEnhanced Community Quarantine, all persons are on strict quarantine (not allare Persons Under Monitoring or PUMs). So, we advise that there shall bestrengthened home quarantine in the two barangays where the confirmed cases arelocated. Also, heightened monitoring and social distancing shall be observed inother barangays.” She assured the public that the localgovernment of Guimbal has long strengthened home quarantine in the barangays. “Ang guidelines ara kon paano kamangin PUM or PUI kag mayguidelines man kon enhancedquarantine ikaw. Pero the guidelinesdo not state nga kon may duha or may tatlo positive cases sa inyo nga area, bilog nga banwa ang i-quarantine. Waay ina ma-state,” Garin. DOH-6 declared all Guimbalanons PUMs on Mrch31 after confirming a local COVID-19 transmission. To date, there are only three confirmed casesof COVID-19 in Guimbal. These droplets also land on objectsand surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touchingthese objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth./PN ILOILO – For having the courage to right awayrectify its blunder in summarily classifying the people of Guimbal town aspersons under monitoring (PUMs) for possible coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19), the Department of Health (DOH) Western Visayas got kind words from Vice Gov. Christine Garin, formermayor of Guimbal. She revealed having constant communicationwith Convocar regarding DOH’s COVID-19 protocols, particularly in theclassification of people as being PUMs or PUIs (persons under investigation). “Tamaini ka-important. I am thankful, at least naklaro gid man kon ano insakto,” saidGarin. As of yesterday, Guimbal had threeCOVID-19 positive cases, with DOH-6’s confirmation of one more patient from themunicipality – a 58-year-old male (died on March 31). According to the World HealthOrganization, people can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. Thedisease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the noseor mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. According to Director Convocar, the first Guimbalresident – a 59-year-old male – to test positive for COVID-19 and became theregion’s Patient No. 2 apparently infected his househelp, a 51-year-old woman(now the region’s Patient No. 18).last_img