DOH - CAR OIC Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan reminds the public that as the Modified General Community Quarantine in Cordillera continues, all must stay vigilant and prioritize health and safety measures needed to protect themselves, their families and the communtiy from the COVID virus. CCD/PIA CAR)

Mr. Iori Kato from UNFPA and hospital staff of Santa Ana Hospital poses in front of triage tent for patients with COVID-19 symptoms donated by UNFPA supported by the Government of Australia to help the hospital with infection prevention and control.

Regional Development and Security. DA Secretary William Dar, in his capacity as the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for CAR, presided a joint meeting of the RTF - ELCAC and the RPOC at Baguio Country Club. Dar was joined by Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong at the main table as the chairperson of the Cordillera Regional Peace and Order Council. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

UNFPA representative meets with the Chief of OB GYNE and Head of WCPU from Batangas Medical Center where UNFPA provided emergency maternity tent facility, WCPU tent and COVID-19 triaging tent to make their services more accessible to mothers, women, young people and COVID-19 patients.

CORDS for CAR and DA Secretary William Dar with officials of the Cordillera Regional Development Council join the toast of rice wine as part of the

Agriculture Secretary William Dar stresses Cordillera's strong potential for regional progress and advancement as strong partner for economic development and nation building. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Baguio's contact tracing gets WHO's attention

BAGUIO CITY, July 15-- Baguio City’s contact tracing methodology for Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to make waves as it caught the interest of no less than the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

Mayor Benjamin Magalong presented the scheme before WHO Regional Office for Western Pacific Regional Director Dr. Takeshi Kasai and Country Representative Dr. Rabi Abeyasinghe and Dept. of Health Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo during the Joint WHO-DOH Visit to the Cordillera Administrative Region on COVID-19 Response last July 10 at the Baguio Country Club.

The visit was part of the WHO’s documentation of COVID-19 best measures being implemented in the countryside to determine best practices that can be learned and shared with the end in view of improving the strategy in handling the pandemic.

During the forum, the team also looked into the COVID-19 strategies of Benguet province as presented by Gov. Melchor Diclas as well as the medical program of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center by Medical Officer Dr. Ricardo Ruñez Jr.

In his keynote message, Kasai said the city’s contact tracing system has gained impressive feedback in the country and WHO wanted to learn of its mechanics first-hand in recognition of contact tracing as a key to changing the course of the outbreak.

The next day, the team toured the city’s Contact Tracing Command Center where they were walked through the process which involves approaches on detection, isolation, testing and tracing.

A homegrown process put together by the mayor, it integrates police cognitive interviewing technique, computerized data collection and link analysis tools and patient identity disclosure to maximize gathering of contact information and facilitate quarantine, testing, disinfection and medical protocols.

The WHO representatives expressed appreciation of the city’s system and noted similarities in some of the approaches to those being implemented in Singapore and South Korea, according to City Health Officer Dr. Rowena Galpo and City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit head Dr. Donnabel Tubera.

They were also impressed by the mayor’s strong leadership in getting the system together and the cooperation of the people, the city health officials added. (Aileen P. Refuerzo-PIO Baguio)

By PIO Baguio City

 

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