To prioritize the health and safety of the 2,000 newly-hired contact tracers in their deployment to the field, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 provided them with personal protective equipment (PPE).
“Our contact tracers play a vital role in the COVID-19 detection process to further contain the spread of the virus in our communities, therefore their safety should also be of utmost priority,” DILG-10 Regional Director said during the Region 10 Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (R10 IATF-MEID) meeting, October 14.
He also gave his appreciation to the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) for their provision of additional face masks, shoe covers, and gloves to augment DILG’s allocation. The Department of Health (DOH-10) also committed to supplement and deliver more PPEs.
Moreover, Agabe said some LGUs in the Province of Lanao del Norte did not only provide their contact tracers with PPEs as they also gave tables and chairs necessary for contact tracing, active surveillance, public health risk assessment, and health education tasks.
The initial distribution is in progress and it is intended for Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City, while for other provinces, PPEs are to be distributed within the week. PPEs provided were not limited to face masks, face shields, shoe covers and gloves but they also include sanitizers, thermal scanners, and multivitamins. (DILG10/PIA10)