Coronavirus disease has reportedly infected all 25 members of the police force in Pagalungan town, Maguindanao, prompting authorities to quarantine them and deploy substitute cops for the moment.
In an initial report heralded initially by scribe John Felix Unson, Brig. Gen. Samuel Rodriguez, director of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO-BAR), was quoted as placing the suspected patients under “mandatory quarantine” in coordination with regional health officials.
“We immediately acted on that concern,” Gen. Rodriguez reportedly said Thursday, referring to the phenomenal viral infection among the entire police force of Pagalungan town.
A member of the 25-member town police force reportedly reported for duty after attending the fiesta celebration of nearby Midsayap town, North Cotabato.
Pagalungan is located next to Momtawal, another Maguindanao town on the border of North Cotabato.
The office of Gen. Rodriguez replaced the suspected patients with an interim contingent to man the virus-emptied town police station, it was learned.
It was not immediately known where the affected cops have been quarantined. But medical workers under the office of Bangsamoro Health OIC-Minister Amirel Usman have established coordination with local health workers in tending the patients with appropriate treatment and food supplies.
Regional police and health officials have also coordinated with the provincial authorities of North Cotabato to exert efforts to check on people who attended the Midsayap fiesta and prevent further spread of inspection.
ALI G. MACABALANG