Muntinlupa to penalize suspected cases withholding information
Muntinlupa City warned the public that withholding relevant information and committing dishonesty on medical forms required by health workers will now be penalized.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi approved Ordinance 2020-088 or the “Anti-Patient’s Dishonesty Ordinance of 2020” on Monday which aims to protect health workers from the risk of contracting COVID-19 due to untruthful declaration of patients.
Under the local ordinance, it shall be unlawful for confirmed COVID-19 infected persons, including suspected and probable cases, to knowingly and deliberately lie, commit dishonesty, and withhold information such as a residential address, travel history, symptoms experienced and medical condition, among others.
The public is advised to truthfully accomplish information data form, declaration or any similar document and disclose relevant information as may be asked by health workers, hospital employees, medical officers, or quarantine officers.
Violators shall be liable to pay a fine amounting to P5,000, community service for 30 days, and up to nine months of imprisonment. In case of inability to pay the fine, the offender shall be required to render an additional 30 days of community service or subsidiary imprisonment, at the discretion of the court.
Muntinlupa City Health Officer Dra. Teresa Tuliao advised persons under investigation to disclose essential information during COVID-19 testing to help the local government in curbing the spread of the virus in the city.
“For PUIs/Suspects who will undergo the testing, we implore that you give the City Health Office your genuine address and contact number. As you provide misleading information, you are wasting valuable time when we do contact tracing,” Tuliao said.
Meanwhile, Muntinlupa City started its targeted COVID-19 mass testing beginning with persons under investigation (PUI).
Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERT) and DRRMO personnel transport PUIs to a field testing area located at CHO for the collection of swab samples.
The local government targets to test all PUI this week and has partnered with the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) for the processing of samples.
As of April 15, the Muntinlupa City Health Office recorded 101 confirmed cases in Muntinlupa with 17 deaths and 14 recovered cases. According to CHO, there are 133 “suspect” cases and 55 “probable” cases in the city.
While confirmed COVID-19 rises in the city, the number of cleared cases also improve with over 313 cleared “suspect” cases.
For concerns related to community quarantine and COVID-19 testing, Muntinlupa City residents may reach hotline nos. 0977-240-5217 or 0977-240-5218.
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