The Philippine Navy (PN) on Monday assured that all of its ships deployed in the ongoing campaign to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are clean and free from contamination due to stringent disinfection procedures.
PN public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas, said the Navy ships being utilized for Covid-19 missions are safe to use and disinfected, once they complete their mission of transporting locally stranded individuals (LSIs), personal protective equipment (PPE) sets and other medical supplies to known Covid-19 areas.
“Disinfection of ships tapped for those missions is (an) automatic procedure. On the other hand, when transporting LSIs, it is automatic for PN personnel to disinfect areas where they are accommodated once they disembark,” Roxas said.
She added that there is no need for the entire ship to be disinfected as the areas where LSIs are allowed are strictly controlled.
The PN has allocated 16 vessels to help the government in its ongoing efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
One of its largest ships, the BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), transported 403 LSIs and three Filipino repatriates from India and Sri Lanka at the Port of Iloilo last June.
This humanitarian mission is considered the largest ever involving LSIs.
Meanwhile, BRP Bacolod City (LS-550) was deployed last April to pick up PPE sets acquired from China by the Department of Budget and Management for use of Department of Health personnel.
The shipment consisted of 700,000 KN95 face masks and 200,000 sets of PPE, comprising goggles, coverall suits, head cover, gloves, shoe covers, surgical masks, and surgical gowns. (PNA)