Department of Health (DOH) will send two doctors, two nurses, and a medical technologist to Wuhan City in Hubei province of China to conduct medical assessments to Filipinos who want to be sent home to the Philippines.
Health Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo said that these ‘Brave 5′ health workers will join three personnel of the Department of Affairs (DFA) in a Royal Air flight arranged by the latter to assist more than 50 Filipinos from ground zero of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). They will be checking and monitoring the repatriates and see if any of them exhibit any flu-like symptoms.
The Brave 5 is composed of nurse Rowell Divinagracia, nurse Jay Juan, medical technologist Elmer Collong, Dr. Oliver Macalinao and another doctor from Bureau of Quarantine. The three-member Health Emergency Response Team (HERT) from DFA will consist of Rowell Casaclang, Abdul Rahman Pacasum, and Richard delos Santos from the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA).
A total of 56 persons, including seven spouses and four infants, have confirmed their intent to join the repatriation flight.
The DOH personnel will be stationed in the chartered flight and will not leave the plane as the Filipinos are assessed by Chinese health workers prior to boarding the aircraft.
“The team will ensure orderly disembarkation and transfer to the Athletes’ Village in New Clark City, Tarlac, which will be their home for the 14-day mandatory quarantine period,” DFA said in a statement. “The crew who manned the flight will likewise be subjected to the 14-day quarantine period.”
The DFA initiated the call to repatriate the workers on January 28, which was facilitated by the Philippine Embassy in Beijing and the Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai, the foreign service post with jurisdiction over Wuhan and Hubei. (With reports from PNA)