Department of Agrarian Reform officials led by Secretary John Castriciones with La Trinidad officials led by Mayor Romeo Salda sprearhead the ribbon cutting and turn over ceremony of the solar power irrigation system in Barangay Alno, La Trinidad, Benguet on Thursday, April 8, 2021. The P800, 000.00 irrigation system was turned over to the Alno Rural Community Development Cooperative which is expected to provide water to more than 15 hectares of cut flower and vegetable farms in Alno. RMC PIA-CAR

POPCOM Regional Director Magdalena Abellera(3rd from left) and partner panelists in the forum push for a whole of society approach in addressing women's concerns including repruductive health in this time of health pandemic. (CCD/PIA CAR)

NCCA Chairperson Arsenio Lizaso (with mic) during the PIA Cordillera- led Kapihan media forumabout the first Montañosa Film Festival. Joining him (from left to right) are Film Academy of the Philippines chairperson Vivian Velez, Baguio City Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, NCIP Chairperson Secretary Allen Capuyan (4th from left), NCIP Commissioner for Central Visayas Jennifer Pia Sibug-las and NCIP Commisioner for Region 1 and CAR Gaspar Cayat. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas presides over the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force Meeting on COVID-19 on March 29, 2021 at the Benguet Provincial Capitol attended by task force member agencies. (photo by RMC-PIA-CAR)

COVID cases surge seen in some Benguet towns

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, (PIA)-- Upsurge of COVID-19 cases  has been  recorded  in some municipalities placing the province at high epidemic risk level for the past two weeks  and resulting to overwhelmed health system in hospitals and health facilities.

 

Governor Melchor Diclas said due to the surge in cases, the Benguet General Hospital  is  reaching its full capacity, while  some district hospitals and the existing Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities have  already reached their full capacity.

Provincial Health Office Rural Health Unit Physician Dr. Jocelyn Legazpi reported the surge in COVID cases for the past 14 days during  the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force meeting  on  March 29. 

Buguias  which recorded  a high of 136 cases  is  considered under critical epidemic risk level while  La Trinidad(233 active cases), Mankayan(61), and Atok(52)  are  at high epidemic risk level.   

Diclas attributed the increase in cases to the  traditional holding of  long wakes  which gather many people  and  who also  dine  together.   Likewise people are seen to be more relaxed and not complying with health protocols such as wearing of face mask, face shield and washing of hands and also social distancing.

But for Atok, Mayor Raymundo Sarac attributed this to tourists visiting the area who drop by establishments along the Halsema Highway as cases were noted along the highway in his town.

Meanwhile,PHO data showed that of the total positive cases, 106 patients or only 18 percent are admitted in hospitals. Those in quarantine facilities account for 19 percent or a total of 110 patients while a few or one percent are confined outside the province.

One one-fourth of the confirmed positive cases or 147 patients are on strict home quarantine awaiting for admission. A sizeable number equivalent to 217 cases or 37 percent identified as probable cases are still  for verification.

Diclas said there were more deaths on COVID 19 while severe conditions due to the virus did not only inflict those with compromised health but also those who do not have any.

As per PIATF agreement to  address such concerns,the holding of wake for both COVID cremated remains  and non-COVID cases shall be  limited  to only three days, and that  all the 13 towns  shall pass ordinances with penal provisions on the strict compliance with the minimum health standards. 

Diclas enjoined the public to bear with the guidelines as a way of preventing the further spread of the virus. He sought the cooperation and support of the barangay, municipal and provincial local governments for the strict implementation  of the health protocols in order to minimize the spread of the virus.

He likewise urged the public  to comply to  health protocols such as the use of face mask, face shield, washing of hands as such practices would greatly reduce the transmission of the virus by 95 percent  apart from observing social distancing.  

Another challenge  presented during the meeting is the management of cases  with  the delay in the confirmation of specimen since  the  Benguet General Hospital molecular laboratory recently bogged down,  coupled with the infection of its manpower and are currently on isolation.  The specimen are being brought to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center which takes longer confirmation period. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas sought the cooperation and support of the barangay, municipal and provincial local governments in reducing the spread of the virus and likewise called on the public to observe health protocols and social distancing. (file photo SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

By Susan C. Aro

 

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