Over the weekend, the DOST delivered seven SCBs for Cordillera region - two for the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, two for Luis Hora Memorial General Hospital in Bauko, Mountain Province, and one unit each for DOH – CAR and the Conner District Hospital and Far North Luzon General Hospital and Training Center in Apayao.
DOST has allocated funds for the production and distribution of 132 SCBs across the Philippines. This aims to improve the testing capacity of testing centers and hospitals without direct contact between the patient and the health workers.
The SCB is inspired by the phone booth-style coronavirus testing facilities in other Asian countries. It is crafted by Futuristic Aviation and Maritime Enterprise, Inc. (FAME), a grant awardee of the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development .
FAME’s SCBs are compact with good ventilation, easy to mobilize, can remotely monitor the patient’s temperature and provides a good protective barrier between the front liner and the suspected COVID-19 patient.
DOST – CAR Regional Director Dr. Nancy Bantog said the SCB was developed to reduce the risk the medical frontliners have to take especially now that the region has started testing more individuals for COVID-19.
This is just one of the “little science things” that could make great impacts, and we are hoping for other innovations from our region, Bantog said
For other S&T initiatives on COVID – 19, Bantog shared that DOST-CAR, in partnership with DOH-CAR, is currently working on the deployment of the FASSSTER and TanodCovid system in the region.
FASSSTER or Feasibility Analysis of Syndrom Surveillance Using a Spatio – Temperal Epidemiological ModeleR can be used for early detection of disease by using multi – dimensional approach in modelling disease spreads.
On the other hand, the TanodCovid is a reporting system that can be used by local government units for COVID – 19 contact tracing and creating a database of people’s illness and health symptoms in their locality.
These systems could provide analysis, models and projections that will greatly help local disaster managers and decision makers, Bantog stressed. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR with photos from Conner District Hospital)
By Carlito C. Dar