Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has ordered the establishment of influenza-like illness (ILI) and swab corner in all District Health Centers as part of the city government of Davao’s effort on strengthening surveillance of ILI as well as prevention from Covid-19.
The mayor said if swabbing is not yet available in the district, there shall be a referral of ILI cases to other swab centers for mandatory Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing.
She said there will be monitoring of ILI close contacts for signs and symptoms of Covid-19 and there should be mandatory swabbing of close contacts if they develop these.
The mayor also ordered contact tracers, Barangay Health Workers (BHWs), and Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) to refer all individuals found with these symptoms for swabbing in district health centers or Sta. Ana Health Center.
All of these are covered in the Executive Order (EO) No. 18 or “An Order Providing for Heightened Surveillance and Response of Covid-19 Cases in Davao City” which aims to recalibrate strategies to prevent and control SARS-Cov-2 transmission in Davao City.
“Makita ninyo pababa ang atong numbers, meaning pababa ang atong cases of Covid-19. Kung ingana ang case, dapat dili ta maghulat na mosaka sya or naa napuy mga Covid-19 cases. Ang buhaton nato kinahanglan ta mag-surveillance og influenza-like illness,” the mayor said.
Under Section 4 of the EO, children and adults with ILI symptoms shall undergo RT-PCR testing and be required to undergo mandatory home quarantine while waiting for the test result. The individuals with the symptoms and have tested negative in the RT-PCR can only be released from home quarantine once they become asymptomatic, except if they need to work or do business.
Under the surveillance in offices and establishments, Mayor Sara wants the regular schedule of surveillance swabbing in high-risk areas without implementing the mandatory home quarantine after swabbing. This shall apply but not limited to the following: business and commercial establishments (i.e. Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), banks, restaurants, etc.); public places (i.e. wet markets, supermarkets, stores, etc.); government offices; private offices and agencies; closed facilities including the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bahay Pag-asa, Home for the Aged, orphanage; and other barangays and areas deemed high risk by the City Health Office (CHO).
The mayor also ordered offices and establishments to establish a “work from home system” arrangement so that employees who tested positive can continue to work online while in the facility.
She said Covid-19 positive patients are isolated so that transmission in the community is stopped.
“Mas maayo na ang atoang mga resident nalang ang mag self-monitor for their symptoms. I-remember lang nila na wala may kinahanglan kahadlokan, because kung naa kay Covid-19 naa ta’y mga facility,” she said.