Caloocan LGU, oobligahing magsuot ng monitoring device ang mga naka-home quarantine

Robie de Guzman   •   September 7, 2020   •   136

May ipatutupad na hakbang ang pamahalaang lungsod ng Caloocan para maiwasang gumala at higit na mabantayan ang mga kaso ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) sa kanilang lugar.

Ayon kay Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan, ang pagsusuot ng quarantine wristbands o Q-bands ang naisip nilang solusyon upang mabantayan ang COVID-19 patients na sumasailalim sa home quarantine pati na ang kanilang mga nakakasalamuha.

Ang Q-bands aniya ay isusuot pagkatapos nilang magpa-swab test.

Hindi ito maaaring tanggalin habang naghihintay ng resulta ng kanilang test at habang sumasailalim sa 14-araw na quarantine sa bahay.

“Pagkatapos na ng ma-swab habang nag-aantay ng result ay kakabitan na namin ito pati close contacts nila para sa ganoon, namo-monitor namin kung talagang sinusunod nila yung health protocol, yung self-quarantine. Para sa ganoon, nakikita namin kung lumalabas sila ng bahay o hindi,” ani Malapitan.

Pagkasuot ng Q-band, i-download ang mobile application na kailangan para i-scan ang code na nasa wristband dalawang beses kada araw upang mamonitor ang kinaroroonan ng may suot nito.

Kung wala namang smartphone, ang mga tauhan ng Barangay Health and Emergency Response Team ang pupunta sa bahay ng mga naka-quarantine.

Babala ng lokal na pamahalaan, may katapat na parusa ang mga lalabag sa nasabing panuntunan.

Ngayong linggo nakatakdang ipatupad ang hakbang sa lungsod.

Una nang nilinaw ng Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) na pinapayagan pa rin naman ang pagsasagawa ng home quarantine para sa COVID-19 patients kung may kaukulang pasilidad sa bahay.

Dapat ay may kuwarto na may sariling palikuran sa isang bahay upang hindi na lalabas ang pasyenteng may COVID-19 habang naka-home quarantine.

Kailangan ding wala silang kasama sa bahay na kabilang sa mga itinuturing na vulnerable individuals sa COVID-19 gaya ng senior citizens.

Kung hindi masusunod ang mga kondisyong ito ay obligadong ilipat sa quarantine center ang pasyente upang masegurong nabibigyan ito ng karamptang atensiyong medikal. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Facility-based isolation for asymptomatic, mild COVID-19 cases now mandatory

Marje Pelayo   •   September 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is now requiring facility-based isolation for confirmed asymptomatic and mild coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases through IATF Resolution 74.

The new policy however, exempts patients who are considered vulnerable or having comorbidities and their home meets the conditions specified in the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Joint Administrative Order 2020-0001. 

Likewise, another exception is when the Ligtas COVID-19 Centers within the region are fully occupied and the local government unit does not have sufficient isolation facilities.

Iloilo City placed under MECQ from Sept. 25 until Oct. 9

Marje Pelayo   •   September 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Iloilo City has been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) effective September 25 until October 9 due to the increasing number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque the new measure is based on the issued Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution 74 which also requires facility-based isolation for confirmed asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 cases.

However, the resolution exempts patients who are considered vulnerable or having comorbidities as confirmed by the local health officer.

Another exception would be when the Ligtas COVID-19 Centers within the region are fully occupied and the local government unit does not have sufficient isolation facilities.

On Tuesday (September 22), 33 employees of the Iloilo City Hall tested positive for COVID-19 prompting the three-day temporary closure of the establishment beginning Wednesday (September 23) as declared by Mayor Jerry Treñas in Executive Order No. 215-A.

Prior to that, 13 barangays in the city were placed under total lockdown due to the increase in community transmission of COVID-19.

No more deadline: Hiring of contact tracers to continue until target is reached – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday said it will do away with deadlines and instead continue to hire contact tracers until their target of at least 50,000 is reached.

In a statement, DILG spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the agency’s provincial and city field offices will continue to accept applications until the slots allocated to them have been filled up.

The department earlier announced that the submission of applications for contact tracers is only until Sept. 23.

 “What’s important to us is to fill up the slots and recruit the most number of Contact Tracers as provided in the Bayanihan 2 law so those who meet the deadline will immediately be processed but we will continue to accept applications until we have met our targets,” he said.

Malaya said that some 10,000 individuals have already applied in Metro Manila but many have incomplete documents so they are giving more time for them to complete the requirements on a first come, first served basis.

“As soon as they are deemed qualified by the selection board, they will be hired, trained, and deployed to the various LGUs,” he added.

The DILG official said the first batch of DILG-hired contact tracers will be deployed to the local government units by first week of October.

The department earlier said that local and overseas Filipino workers whose service have been recently terminated or their employment contracts were not renewed amid the pandemic will be given priority in the hiring process.

 To qualify, the applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree or college level in an allied medical course or criminology course.

Aspirants must also be skilled in data gathering and have assisted in research and documentation; able to interview COVID-19 cases and close contacts in order to gather data; possess the ability to advocate public health education messages; and have investigative capability.
 
“While our first preference is college graduates or college level of allied medical courses or criminology, we are also open to graduates or college level of any course. So, we urge them to apply and help the country defeat COVID-19,” he said.
Malaya said applicants are required to submit an application letter, Personal Data Sheet, National Bureau of Investigation clearance, diploma or transcript of record, and drug test result to the nearest DILG provincial or city field office.

Contact tracers will earn a minimum of P18,784 per month in a contract of service status.

Their responsibilities include conducting interviews, profiling, and perform an initial public health risk assessment of COVID-19 cases and their identified close contacts; refer the close contacts to isolation facilities; conduct enhanced contact tracing in collaboration with other agencies and private sectors; conduct daily monitoring of close and general contacts for at least 14 days, and perform such other tasks in relation to the COVID response.

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