CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 25 (PIA)–Following the recommendation of the National Task Force on COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH)-10 urges local government units (LGUs) to boost capacity and number of contact tracing teams to step up measures in containing the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID)-19.
During the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, August 25, DOH-10 Regional Director Dr. Adriano Suba-an said NTF on COVID-19 Contact Tracing Czar and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong recommends that there must be designated anti-COVID czars to focus on the strategies on prevention, detection, treatment isolation, and reintegration program of the government.
In Cagayan de Oro, Suba-an said most of the COVID-19 cases are from locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs), thus, there are limited close contacts to trace but for areas with increasing number of local transmissions like Iligan City, Balingasag in Misamis Oriental, and Linamon and Matungao in Lanao del Norte, there is a need to increase the number of contact tracing teams.
“We should learn from the experience of other areas,” Suba-an said noting the Baguio City experience as shared by Magalong during their team’s visit, August 19.
The team further suggested to follow the Magalong formula, where 1 positive case should have 37 case findings. LGUs are also urged to capacitate their contact tracing teams with the the use of technology in speeding up their job and obtain accurate information.
Aside from boosting the capacity and number of contact tracing teams in every province and cities, Suba-an said LGUs should also focus on the functionality and quality of work of the contact tracing teams.
With the implementation of the Bayanihan 2, the regional director said the contact tracers will be fairly compensated. “Qualification depends on the commitment and quality of their outputs,” Suba-an added.
Enough healthcare resources including personal protective equipment (PPEs) and testing kits will also be provided under the said act.
As of August 25, there are a total of 1,139 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region, 623 of these have recovered, 18 expired, and 498 are recovering.