By Bohol Island News Staff and J. Jala | 08:33 PM January 27, 2020
Representative Erico Aristotle Aumentado of the second district of Bohol has filed House Resolution 669 to impose an immediate travel moratorium on flights from China to Bohol due to coronavirus.
Aumentado said that “coronaviruses are a large family of viruses ranging from the common colds to more serious respiratory infections such as MERS-CoV and SARS CoV and there are no vaccines or antiviral drugs that are approved for prevention.”
“The Philippines maintains flights between Panglao International Airport in Panglao, Bohol and China, particularly flights from HongKong, Macau, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xiamen, Chengdu and Wuhan which caters to thousands of incoming tourists,” Aumentado said.
He said as a health measure and to curb the risk of spreading the infection in the country, an immediate travel moratorium must be imposed halting the direct flight from China to Panglao International Airport.
Currently, there are two flights from Chengdu to Bohol every Monday and Friday, respectively.
Last Friday, January 24, 172 Chinese tourists from Chengdu, China arrived in Bohol airport.
According to Matthew James Sepe, Bohol Panglao International Airport quarantine nurse, all 172 passengers aboard Pan Pacific Airlines passed the health screening as no one exhibited signs of being infected with the novel coronavirus.
“They are all negative. There is no one who had a fever,” he said.
He added no one was also held by the Bureau of Quarantine.
Chinese nationals are the number one tourists in Bohol province.
Two Chinese nationals who were in Bohol were suspected of having coronavirus after they manifested symptoms.
However, the Department of Health (DOH)-Regional Office said, as of now, Central Visayas still has no confirmed case of the 2019 nCoV.
DOH- Central Visayas Center for Health Development reminded the public to protect themselves against respiratory tract infections by maintaining good health through proper rest, diet, proper handwashing and coughing etiquette.
Since transmission is via droplet, surgical masks can protect, however, it is not recommended for extended use.
Avoiding large crowds and self-isolation and early consult when sick are recommended to protect those close to you and the community.
Health officials earlier cleared from the illness 3 Chinese tourists with influenza-like symptoms who arrived in Kalibo.