The US Commission on Civil Rights has appointed 15 people to its Vermont State Advisory Committee.Kim Tolhurst, designated the authority of the staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, announced the appointment of â ¢Francine T. Bazluke of Essex Junction, John H. Bloomer of Wallingford, Luther M. Brown of Rutland, Ellen Mercer Fallon of Middlebury, Leslie Ann Holman of Burlington, Terrance D. Martin of Brattleboro, Marion C. Milne of West Topsham, Cheryl W. Mitchell of New Haven, Tara O’Brien of Brattleboro, Eric D. Sakai of Randolph, Stephanie L. Sidortsova of Westford, Diane B. Snelling of Hinesburg, Tracey H. Tsugawa of Williston, and Stewart R. Wood of Quechee. The Commission appointed Diane Snelling as Chair. The appointments are for two years.Congress has directed the Commission to establish advisory committees in all states and the District of Columbia to assist in its fact-finding function. These committees receive reports, suggestions, and recommendations from individuals, public and private organizations, and public officials, and forward advice and recommendations to the Commission. Members of State Advisory Committees serve without compensation, conduct civil rights reviews and investigations, and report to the Commission.###
ILOILO City – This city and Iloiloprovince have no confirmed novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infections but localauthorities are not leaving anything to chance. The task force should also cause thereferral and transport of an nCov suspect to a DOH-designatedcoronavirus-referral center or hospital, in coordination with DOH and policeauthorities. They have started scouting for areasthat could serve as isolation facilities for nCov patients. The task force will be composed ofrepresentatives from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6, hotel andrestaurants, malls, barangay councils, and the Department of Education (DepEd)Region 6. In Iloilo City, Mayor Treñas is creating an nCoV taskforce with Dr. Roland Fortuna, medical officer of the City Health Office, aschief. Malaya said local chief executivesmust also train their respective health workers on nCov prevention,containment, and control, in coordination with the DOH./PN The Department of Interior and LocalGovernment (DILG) advised local government units (LGUs) to create theirrespective coronavirus task forces to help contain the spread of the disease. “We can transfer all patients of the Lambunao hospital to other districthospitals. DRYLMDH will then be dedicated to suspected nCoV cases only,” shesaid. “With the declaration of the World HealthOrganization of a global health emergency, Secretary Eduardo Año directed allLGUs to be on a state of preparedness and take all pro-active steps. Createtask forces to implement DOH protocols and guidelines and extend fullcooperation to the DOH and other government agencies,” said DILG undersecretaryand spokesperson Jonathan Malaya. On the other hand, the provincialgovernment of Iloilo has identified the Dr. Ricardo Y. Ladrido MemorialDistrict Hospital (DRYLMDH) in Lambunao town as an nCoV isolation facility. A woman wearing a facemask passes by the Iloilo provincial capitol on Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The Office of Civil Defense in WesternVisayas, too, is also open to making its regional evacuation centers asisolation facilities, he added. Meanwhile, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. said the provincial government isnow accelerating the purchase of protective gears for use of hospital personnelas well as additional thermal scanners. The La Paz Maternity and ReproductiveHealth Center may be utilized as an isolation facility for suspected andconfirmed cases, according to Mayor Jerry Treñas. Hospital personnel who will handle the patients will undergo training onself-protection, according to Ng. Iloilo provincial government’s Hospital Management Office chief Dr.Cynthia Cabangal-Ng said DRYLMDH currently has six isolation units and iscapable of providing extension rooms. The governor also appealed for donations of hospital equipment from theprivate sector. He said the local task force under thedirect leadership of the governor or mayor shall ensure that local healthauthorities have the necessary equipment and protective gadgets such as masks,goggles, gowns, gloves, among others.
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