By Tara Yap
Iloilo City—The Department of Health (DOH) has raised white alert status in Western Visayas region against the novel coronavirus (nCoV).
Dr. Marlyn Convocar, DOH regional director for Western Visayas, confirmed Saturday that a white alert has been in placed.
“This is due to the the suspected cases in the country, especially in Kalibo town, Aklan province,” Convocar told Manila Bulletin.
To recall, four people underwent quarantine after arriving at Kalibo International Airport onboard a direct flight from Wuhan, the Chinese city where the nCov first emerged. It included three Chinese tourists visiting Boracay Island while another Filipina flight attendant.
Convocar issued a memorandum addressed to provincial Governors Rhodora Cadiao of Antique, Florencio Miraflores of Aklan, Esteban Evan Contreras of Capiz, Samuel Gumarin of Guimaras, Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo, and Eugenio Lacson of Negros Occidental to back up the DOH.
In particular, Convocar urged all health facilities in the region to closely coordinate with DOH and immediately report all suspected cases.