MAASIN CITY, April 14 (PIA) -- Despite the lack of thermal guns, Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERT) in Tomas Oppus, Southern Leyte employ other means to get the body temperature and ensure people are fit to travel from their barangays.

According to Department of Health Provincial Officer Dr. Verna Fernandez, the good practice of Tomas Oppus using the armpit thermometer to determine the body temperature of their constituents seeking Health Declaration Forms is an innovation.

Dr. Fernandez clarifies that this is fine as long as health measure protocols such as disinfection of thermometer after every use, social distancing, and proper washing of hands are observed.

Fernandez also noted that due to scarcity of thermal guns coupled with the high cost per unit, most of the local government units do not buy such basic health essential equipment.

All of the 19 municipalities were recipients of at least ten thermal guns each distributed by the Provincial Governor Damian Mercado earlier.

In the midst of COVID-19 crisis, people must be healthy and fit to travel by submitting themselves first at the barangay who will certify their body temperature within 36.5-37.5 degrees centigrade, no cough, no colds and sore throat, before they leave their barangays, she said.

Otherwise, people found to have fever, dry cough and colds, among others will not be given any Health Declaration Form but be referred immediately to barangay health centers, Fernandez added. (esg/PIA SoLeyte)