CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Health Secretary Francisco Duque III directed local government units (LGUs) and health officials to conduct an inventory of the availability of oxygen for hospitals here.
“We have to prepare for the worst if the deadly Delta variant spread in the locality,” Duque said in a press conference Tuesday attended by local officials in Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental.
Duque expressed the alarm about confirmed reports of the presence of the deadly Delta Variant virus in Cagayan de Oro City and Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental.
The Department of Health (DOH) central office in Manila reported about the detection of five Delta Variant virus cases in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City.
The cases were traced to a family in Macanhan, Carmen in Cagayan de Oro City and in Gingoog City who were already confined in an isolation center.
Duque said that the local goveenent and health officials must inventory the oxygen supplies for medical use to be able to address the need should the Delta variant virus spread uncontrollably in the locality.
“We do not want to experience the oxygen shortages in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand when cases of the Delta variant virus spread in their countries,” Duque said.
Duque also reiterated to strictly observe the health protocols: washing of hands, social distancing, face mask and crowd avoidance as an effective COVID virus deterrent.
According to Joselito Retuya, the city’s epidemiologist, said that the Delta variant traces were found when the samples of COVID-19 positive patients here were sent to Manila for genome analysis in June 2021.
He said that the COVID -19 positive patients who were found to bave traces of Delta Variant virus were already recovered when the DOH reported the cases.
Retuya, however, said that the family were immediately recalled to the isolation center and were found to have been COVID-19 positive of again.
Duque, chairman of the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Recurring Infectious Diseases (IATF-MERID), was in Cagayan de Oro together with members of the IATF-MERID officials to personally assessed and institute measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Delta Variant virus in the city and its neighboring towns and cities. -0-