DOH 11 lauds city’s surveillance efforts

An official of the regional office of the Department of Health (DOH 11) lauded Davao City’s surveillance efforts and for being classified as “low-risk” local government unit (LGU).

“Sa Davao City naa sila’y maayong istratehiya na gihimo in terms of surveillance. Ilahang gi-capacitate every district ug ang ilahang local epidemiology surveillance unit nangita ug symptomatic para ma-test. Nangadto pud sila sa matao na mga lugar like public markets ug ilang gi-assess kung naa ba symptomatics sa maong lugar,” said Dr. Raquel Montejo, operations chief of Covid-19 Vaccination Program.

On April 3, 2021, the National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has classified Davao City as ‘low risk’ LGU based on two indicators: low 2-Week Growth Rate (2WGR) and the Average Daily Attack Rate (ADAR).

The “low risk” classification as shown on the Community Quarantine Decision Matrix is slightly higher compared to the previous week’s “minimal risk” classification.

“Dapat i-strengthen gyud ang surveillance system nato and maximize testing capacity and the contact tracing. Diri sa Davao City again as an example naa gyud sila up to level 3 dili lang sa second generation giapil na pud ang third generation,” Montejo said.

It can be recalled that Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio emphasized increase testing and faster contact tracing remain a priority to control the spread of the coronavirus disease in Davao City amid surging Covid-19 cases, especially in the National Capital Region.

Meanwhile, Acting Mayor Sebastian ‘Baste” Duterte issued Executive Order No. 20 Series Of 2021 expanding the testing of contacts beyond the F1 category as an attempt to control the transmission of the virus.

Section 1 of the EO mandates all F1, F2 and F3 contacts of an RT- PCR confirmed positive case to undergo swab testing and the date of swabbing shall be determined by the contact tracing team or the District Health Office.

Based on the LGU Risk Assessment Map as of April 3, Davao City has one barangay under Critical Risk, which is Brgy. Sirawan in Toril wherein two cases for the barangay reported last week increased to nine cases the past one to two weeks.

There were also four barangays classified as High Risk barangays namely Brgys. 7-A, 19-B, 20-B, and Tigatto, and 15 other barangays are classified as Moderate Risks: Brgy. 9-A, 16-B, 34-D, 35-D, 38-D, Bago Gallera, Bucana, Catalunan Grande, Catalunan Pequeño, Gov. Vicente Duterte (Agdao), Indangan, Langub, Lubogan (Toril), Manambulan (Tugbok) and Talomo Proper.

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