Philippine chemical warfare team deployed to assist govt against coronavirus


  • Philippines
  • Monday, 03 Feb 2020

The Philippine National Police’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives is placed on standby following government’s plan to repatriate Filipinos in China.- PDI/ANN

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN): The Philippine National Police (PNP) has placed on standby its Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) team to assist government efforts against the 2019 Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

At a press briefing Monday, PNP Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said the CBRNE team — composed of field officers, nurses, medical technicians, and doctors — may also help in screening the passengers and assisting in the repatriation of Filipinos in China.

“(PNP) has made available a team of CBRNE, trained medical personnel from the PNP Health Service who may be deployed to assist concerned agencies in the repatriation of Filipinos based in China and other countries affected by the 2019-nCoV ARD, ” Gamboa said.

“At present, the PNP has a ready complement of 105 CBRNE-trained personnel from SAF (Special Action Force) Health Service, CrimeLab (Crime Laboratory), and EOD-K9 (Explosive Ordinance Disposal and Canine Group), that can be called upon to respond to CBRNE events, ” he added.

Gamboa said that the actions of the CBRNE team would depend on the lead agency’s needs, in this case, the Department of Health (DOH).

He said the deployment of the PNP team will primarily depend on the DOH. - The Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network

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