first_imgAccording to WHO, people can catchCOVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person toperson through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when aperson with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects andsurfaces around the person. The city government also placed anorder for 1,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to be used by cityhall personnel at risk of exposure to COVID-19 such as those assigned to mancity government ambulances. On the other hand, the city governmenthas started giving out food assistance to people in barangays adverselyaffected economically by the ongoing enhanced community quarantine. Two local medical technologists werealso sent to RITM for on-site training. The city government’s communitykitchen in daycare centers have also started cooking meals, said Treñas. The said amount was a cumulativedonation from businessman Henry Chusuey of the Hennan Group of Resorts (P3.5million), Iloilo Supermart and Que family (P1 million), and another P1 millionfrom businessman Edgar “Injap” Sia. “Mayara na kita standby nga orders,” said Treñas. According to Mayor Jerry Treñas, thecity government is currently finalizing the purchase of an initial 2,500 testkits from South Korea worth P5.5 million. “Nagapasalamatgid ako sa mga negosyante nga nagabulig,”said Treñas.  Iloilo City has 180 barangays. Excess PPEs would be distributed tovarious hospitals, said Treñas. Treñas confirmed the arrival of twomedical technologists from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM)to do COVID-19 testing at the Western Visayas Medical Center. They brought withthem 300 test kits.center_img “These businessmen were kind enough todonate kag ibulig sa aton,” said athankful Treñas. Other people then catch COVID-19 bytouching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if theybreathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhalesdroplets. This is why it is important to stay more than one meter (three feet)away from a person who is sick. As of Sunday, the city government haddistributed food packs to 62 barangays. ILOILO City – The city government isprocuring 3,800 test kits for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) using cashdonations from the private sector. Photo by REUTERS “Gustonaton ang tanan nga healthcarepersonnel naton fully protected,”Treñas said. The city government also receivedpledges totalling P1.6 million from businessmen Manuel Po and Tony Jon andUnitop. These will also be used to procure 1,300 test kits developed by theUniversity of the Philippines. COVID-19 testing, then isolation andcontact tracing, are the backbones of the response to the pandemic, accordingto the World Health Organization (WHO). The enhanced community quarantine inthe city is scheduled to end on April 15 unless lifted earlier or extendedfurther./PNlast_img read more