Valenzuela shares COVID-19 response
Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian shared three “takeaways” that the local government has been doing in its fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a press briefing on Monday, Gatchalian said that the takeaways included utilizing the capacity of the national government, partnership with private sectors, and following a holistic approach.
“We realized that the most effective COVID response will be when the local government utilizes the vast logistics and expertise of the national government,” Gatchalian noted.
According to the local chief executive, the city “relied on the technical knowhow” of the national government in setting up proper isolation facilities for COVID-19 patients.
Gatchalian admitted that they did not have enough knowledge about isolation facilities until they sought assistance from the national government.
“We didn’t know how to set up an isolation facility. So through the Oplan Kalinga of the national government, they came in and helped us set up our isolation facilities
and…now, we’re the one setting up our own isolation facilities.”
Gatchalian also said that “a faster solution” in dealing with the pandemic “can be drawn if you work with the private sector.” The local government has partnered with at least five laboratories that have the capacity to process COVID-19 samples even before the city has been able to build its own molecular laboratory.
Through this, Gatchalian said, the city managed to launch the first localized mass testing in the country.
Holistic approach, he said, is another solution against the health problem.
“It has to be a consistent approach that is holistic and systemic in nature.
We treat every element as equally as important as the other element [in order] to be successful,” he said,
After a “testing, tracing and isolating” approach, the local government is now set to ramp up its efforts in “educating” its residents regarding the pandemic.
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