SOFRONIO ESPAÑOLA, Palawan — Officials of Barangay Isumbo here wants local health authorities to help check a female Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in their village with a recent history of travel in mainland China to prevent the spread of the 2019-novel coronavirus.

The OFW reportedly arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on February 3 but was allowed to leave without the required 14-day quarantine because she did not manifest any symptom that is related to the new strain of coronavirus, Sofronio Española ABC Isumbo barangay captain Ernesto Pazziuagan said Monday to Palawan News.

“Nabahala kami sa barangay ko na may isa tayong kababayan na galing China na nag-trabaho doon. Pero hindi natin sinasabi na may nCoV siya, ang kailangan lang natin masigurado. Hindi tayo naaalarma, ang gusto lang natin makatiyak na ligtas din siya at ang ating mga kabarangay,” Pazziuagan said.

He said they are asking for help from health authorities to place her under “intervention” to make sure she is healthy and is not a possible carrier.

“Humihingi tayo ng tulong sa mga health authorities natin para maisailalim siya sa intervention,” Pazziuagan added.

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Rural Health Unit (RHU) midwife Maria Theresa Velasco said they are not sure when the female OFW traveled back to Palawan after arriving on February 3.

However, she said the RHU will “investigate” on Tuesday to check her to determine if she needs to be quarantined.

“Nakatakda na bukas ang RHU na magsagawa ng investigation para sa isang kababayan natin. Kung kinakailangan na i-quarantine ay depende kung anong intervention ang gagawin bukas (Tuesday) kasama ang municipal doctor natin,” Velasco said.

“Gusto lang natin na matiyak na safe siya. Kung may kailangang gawin, agad tayong magkakaroon ng communication sa health authorities,” she added.

Sofronio Española municipal councilor Delos Tingson, chair of the health committee of the Sangguniang Bayan, said what they are doing is part of their preventive and precautionary measures against the possible spread of the nCoV.

He said if the investigation will result in her being “okay”, they still want her to be placed under observation.

“Hindi natin sinasabi na positive ito, pero bukas magkakaroon ng investigation ang municipal health natin doon sa OFW na babae at kung makitang okay naman siya, siguro babantayan pa rin natin at least makasigurado tayo. Isasailalim din siya na PUI natin o person under investigation,” Tingson said.


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is the news correspondent for Sofronio Española and Narra, Palawan. He also covers some agriculture stories. His interests are with food and technology.