The University of Baguio, through its supportive administration, is the first identified mega - site under the Baguio City's Vaccination Action Plan. On Monday, it also hosted the first vaccination simulation program led by the City Health Services Office. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Mayor Benjamin Magalong assures the city government's readiness with Vaccination Action Plan and Operation Center and enough manpower in place. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Higher Education Institutions offering medicine and allied health programs may now open limited face-to-face classes according to Commission on Higher Education - CAR Director Danilo Bose (second left). (SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

BFAR-CAR Regional Director Lilibeth Signey turned over solar-powered venturi aeration system to the fisherfolks in Barangay Santa Filomena in Calanasan to officials led by Sangguniang Bayan Member Kyle Mariah Bulut, Municipal Agriculturist Luisa Magna and fisherfolk Loreto Asuncion. BFAR-CAR photos

The Big Kettle is a new come on of the Polig's Berry Farm in Ambassador, Tublay in Benguet. It is one of the tourist attractions opened even during the General Community Quarantine. (photo courtesy of the Polig's Berry Farm)

DOH reminds public to comply with health standards to avoid COVID surge

BAGUIO CITY, Feb.  5 (PIA) -- The Department of Health – Cordillera Regional Office is reminding the public particularly those in Bontoc, Mountain Province to strictly adhere to the minimum health standards to prevent another surge of cases in the capital town.

During the Regional IATF meeting on Friday (Feb.5), the DOH-CAR reported that from a high risk epidemic level classification, Mountain Province including the town of now placed under moderate risk category.

The DOH-CAR reminds the public to strictly adhere to the minimum health standards to prevent another surge of cases in the different areas of the Cordillera during the RTF Meeting on Friday, February 5, 2021.

Despite the lowered risk epidemic category, DOH-CAR Regional Director Dr. Ruby Constantino stressed that people should comply with all the health and safety protocols and guidelines to prevent another surge of COVID-19 cases.

 “Ngayong bumababa na ang kaso natin ng COVID-19 sa Mountain Province, we should set the mind of our people that we are still in a COVID-19 pandemic situation so we should really practice the minimum public health standards,” Constantino said.

It was found out that most of the COVID-19 cases in Bontoc were caused by the non-practice of the minimum health standards and other health and safety protocols by the people. Many people are still doing their usual activities during the normal times such as the morning coffee and gatherings among the residents and the cultural practices being performed. Many people  are not wearing facemasks.

 “We know already the source of the COVID-19 in Bontoc, because we went back to business as usual, bumalik tayo na parang walang COVID, walang practice ng COVID-19 standard,” she stressed.

 Meanwhile, RTF Chairman OCD-CAR Regional Director Albert Mogol reminded the different member agencies and the local government units to help in the enforcement of the minimum public health protocols and other health standards in their localities to ensure the prevention of the threat of the COVID-19.

Constantino also reminded the LGUs to ensure that COVID-19 patients are placed in isolation facilities and temporary treatment and monitoring facilities rather than placing them on home isolation.

She said that there is a need to ensure the safety of the people by ensuring that COVID-19 positive cases would be placed in proper isolation facilities instead of home isolation which could cause infection of other members of the households.(JDP/RMC-PIA CAR)  

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis




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