Local health officers should take note of people showing Covid-19 symptoms in evacuation centers as transmission of the disease is a “very strong possibility,” the Department of Health (DOH) warned on Friday.

“It’s a possibility, it’s a very strong possibility that is why kinakailangan magmatiyag ang atin pong mga safety officers na pinapatalaga ng DOH sa mga local government units,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a Palace typhoon briefing.

Aside from Covid-19, Duque said local government officials should also monitor other diseases such as leptospirosis, acute gastroenteritis, diarrhea and acute dermatitis.

“Marami po tayong mga sakit na mino-monitor. So, pag-iingat po ang number one na kinakailangang mangyari,” he said.

In a separate briefing, Health Undersecretary encouraged typhoon victims to avail themselves of free medicines against leptospirosis and tetanus.

“Iyong mga naglakad po sa tubig-baha dahil sa typhoon ‘Ulysses,’ please go to the nearest health center para mabigyan po kayo na prophylaxis for leptospirosis,” Vergeire said in an online forum.

“Iyong mga nagkasugat naman po habang naglalakad sa baha, kailangan rin po pumunta sa health centers para mabigyan ng anti-tetanus shots at iyong para sa leptospirosis. Importante po ito dahil delikado po ang leptospirosis, nakamamatay,” she added.

Malacañang earlier stressed that evacuees that manifest even the mildest Covid-19 symptoms should be isolated within evacuation centers.

The country has recorded 404,713 Covid-19 cases as of Nov. 13. John Ezekiel J. Hirro