LAPU-LAPU CITY, CEBU- The local government of Lapu-Lapu City will use a gadget that will easily monitor its residents who will undergo self-quarantine for the 2019-nCoV Acute Respiratory Disease. Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan said that the device will have a built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) component which will then be connected with its centralized monitoring office called the “Nerve Center” stationed at the city hall which will then monitor the quarantined person.
“We are looking for a supplier of the gadget. We want to closely monitor the Oponganons (city residents) who will be quarantined in their respective homes,” Mayor Chan said in a mix of English and Cebuano in a press conference today, February 5.
The gadget which is “waterproof” called the GPS House Arrest Ankle Bracelet Tracker will be worn by those who will be quarantined and once they moved out, they can be detected. “We can easily monitor them.
Wherever they go and once they will go out, we can call the police and the barangay people to tell them to go back to their homes,” City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) head Nagiel Banacia explained.
According to Mayor Chan, he wanted to protect the health of all the city residents and would not allow those quarantined residents to go out in the streets while their 14-day mandatory quarantine is not yet over.
Those covered for self-quarantine are returning residents from China who will be categorized as Patients Under Monitoring (PUM), Mayor Chan said. The city council according to Mayor Chan will also pass a resolution to declare the city as under “State of Preparedness” so that the funding for the purpose will also be released.
Banacia revealed that the CDRRMO have about P90 million savings which can be the funding source. Aside from the purchase of the monitoring device, the city government will also allocate funds for the availment of utilizing 100 beds from a private hospital which could serve as an isolation facility of those who would be tag as Patients Under Investigation (PUI).
The local government will also purchase additional face masks and sanitizers if the need arises./AAJ