Pasay wants to add contact tracers
On a ratio of one contact tracer per 1,330 persons, the number may not be enough to cover the city in an expeditious and orderly manner, Pasay City Mayor Emi-Calixto Rubiano said in a report by Manila Bulletin.
She said that the city’s virus trackers have been increasing their effort to conduct contact tracing as the city noted a continuing spike in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
The mayor said in an online meeting with DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman that the city’s 335 contact tracers doubled their efforts to help prevent the further spread of the virus.
She cited this as the reason that made her sought for additional nurses and contact tracers to scour the city and intensify its contact tracing activities.
“We really need more personnel and equipment such as health kits and personal protective gears to conduct a city-wide contact tracing,” Rubiano said.
“We need to have the victims’ friends and relatives tested,” she added.
As of 1 p.m. of February 24, the city recorded a total of 395 cases.
The city epidemiologist detected a surge of new cases on February 18 with 83 new cases and February 20 with 100, figures similar to what the Department of Health (DOH) has observed.
The mayor said that mass testing is also being conducted as an average of 650 Pasayenos are having their RT-PCR tests at the SM MOA Arena, privately-owned Lord’s Grace Laboratory, and Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).
Rubiano added that there are also designated RT-PCR venues at health centers such as M. Dela Cruz, Malibay, MIA HC, and Villamor of which tests are being carried out even during holidays and weekends.
She said that transportation facilities are available to ferry residents to testing venues.
The city government has temporary treatment and monitoring facilities (TTMF) located at Pasay Sports Complex, MOA Reclamation Area, and the grounds near the Folk Arts Theater that are all fully operational while the total number of patients in these facilities have reached 264.
The mayor also told DOH that patients or relatives of patients who are on home quarantine are provided with weekly food supply; seafarers are coordinated with MMDA’s Oplan Kalinga for their immediate transfer to TTMF’s ; and 24-hour patient transport is available from the community to isolation facilities through the city’s Risk Reduction Management Office.
Those who were found positive of the virus were also given food packs and vitamins.
“They must be isolated to protect our populace,” Rubiano said.
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