PH Immigration bureau activates medical team vs COVID-19 at NAIA

Robie de Guzman
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MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday said it has mobilized its personnel with medical background to help immigration frontline officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) get protected from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said 18 immigration officers, who are registered nurses, will form an ad hoc medical team that will respond to any situation requiring medical attention at the airport.

They will also attend to the medical needs of their fellow officers manning the airport’s immigration counters.

“Our immigration officers, like our health workers, are also in the frontlines of our campaign against the COVID-19. It is only proper that they be protected against this virus and extended medical attention should they need it,” Morente said in a statement.

BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said the medical team will be given respective shifts at the NAIA.

The team will also monitor and disallow immigration personnel exhibiting flu-like symptoms to report for duty.

“Fortunately, we have in our ranks several immigration officers who have worked as nurses and have extensive medical experience before they joined the bureau,” Medina said.

“We are now tapping their knowledge and expertise in the fight against COVID-19,” he added.

Meanwhile, Morente reminded the immigration frontline officers who have flu-like symptoms to skip work, and voluntarily go on 14-day self-quarantine as a precautionary measure.

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