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Local governments have been urged to implement health regulations in evacuation centers.

Following the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) warned local government units on Sunday to ensure that health regulations are carefully followed in all evacuation camps.

After Dr. Tony Leachon, a former adviser to the National Task Force against Covid-19 voiced worry about the prospect of a spike in coronavirus infections at evacuation shelters, Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao issued this comment.

According to Ao, the Department of Health is monitoring the rigorous execution of health procedures in evacuation facilities (DOH).

He also stated that as part of health standards, evacuees’ sanitary accessories must be replaced on a regular basis.

“Members of LESUs (local epidemiology and surveillance units) and contact tracers are also on the lookout for any possible cases,” Ao explained.

Despite the devastation inflicted by “Odette,” he also stated that the government’s first goal is to preserve “the health of our constituents.”

All local chief executives (LCEs) in typhoon-affected areas, according to the DILG chief, are safe.

“Out of 1,025 LCEs, 14 lang naman ang wala, and they are accounted naman, meaning they have reasons for not being there (during Typhoon Odette) (Out of 1,025 LCEs, 14 lang naman ang wala, and they are accounted for, meaning they have reasons for not being around),” Ao said.

He did say, however, that they will continue to investigate the LCEs’ explanation to make sure the cause for their absence is legitimate and to see whether there was “any carelessness on their part.”

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