By ALI G. MACABALANG
COTABATO CITY – The Office of the Chief Minister (OCM) of the Bangsamoro autonomous government announced on Wednesday its formal reopening of office following disinfection efforts prompted by the reported infection in the COVID-19 disease of 38 members of the regional workforce, including its health minister.
“The OCM resumed its operation and transactions today (Sept. 16), with work shifting schedules for its employees. However, visitors are reminded to strictly follow Public Health Standards, or they will be denied entry,” Mohammad Asnin Pendatun, Bangsamoro Inter Agency Task Force (BIATF) spokesperson, said in a virtual presser.
“We advise our constituents to stay at home, unless it’s for essential or important matters,” Pendatun stated, adding that “the OCM is asking our visitors to secure an appointment for their transactions.”
He said that “since most of the visits are related to the AMBAG (aid-giving) Program, we will answer transactions via online and phone.”
Pendatun confirmed that 299 employees of the OCM were subjected to tests and, only 38 resulted positive with three (3) recoveries.
He said the remaining 35 Covid-positive employees were in stable condition in their strict quarantine in an isolation center in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
The families of the 35 employees were being assisted by the Bangsamoro Government in obtaining food and basic supplies for consumption pending the isolation of their bread winners, the Bureau of Public Information said.
Meanwhile, the BPI also announced that Bangsamoro Health Minister Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan also recovered from Covid-19.
In an official statement, Dipatuan said he and his wife have been in the hospital for the past two weeks for isolation and treatment after testing positive for Covid-19.
“We have already surpassed that challenge and are now fully recovered,” Dipatuan was quoted as saying. (AGM)