PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — This capital metropolis and the remainder of Palawan ought to enhance its contact tracing to successfully handle the spike of COVID-19 instances within the province, in accordance with a member of the duty power overseeing the federal government response to the pandemic.
Citing native knowledge on COVID-19 instances, Baguio Metropolis Mayor Benjamin Magalong, who advises the Nationwide Job Drive In opposition to COVID-19 (NTF) on contact tracing, stated well being officers won’t have been correctly conducting contact tracing, which might have probably led to the surge.
Magalong and different NTF officers had been right here on Thursday to evaluate the continual enhance of COVID-19 instances in Palawan, notably on this provincial capital.
“I’m sorry, however you aren’t contact tracing, you’re solely isolating. [There is no] one mile, or additional mile. Maybe, the explanation why you may have a surge [is that] your healthcare staff are overwhelmed. We checked the information, bakit zero ‘yung shut contact?” Magalong stated throughout a briefing on the provincial capitol compound right here.
Magalong additionally famous the poor documentation of contract tracing actions.
As of Thursday, Palawan recorded 1,024 energetic instances—571 in Puerto Princesa Metropolis and 453 in different cities.
Bases Conversion and Growth Authority President and Chief Govt Officer Vivencio Dizon, who oversees the federal government’s COVID-19 testing, assured that Palawan can be prioritized in vaccine allocation.
“Undoubtedly, precedence will likely be given to Palawan, particularly to Puerto Princesa, as a result of instances are nonetheless rising and we have to make sure that all healthcare staff, the weak, are vaccinated,” Dizon stated in the identical briefing.
On Monday, OCTA Analysis Group stated Puerto Princesa’s positivity fee stood at 77 p.c, which was considerably larger than Metro Manila’s 12 p.c, citing lack of testing as one of many attainable causes.
However Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron stated the OCTA report “doesn’t embrace the entire story,” noting that those that examined constructive utilizing antigen exams and who had been counted to compute the town’s positivity fee nonetheless needed to undergo or had been awaiting outcomes of confirmatory exams.
Puerto Princesa had relied on antigen testing from March 30 to April 9 after it ran out of reverse transcription-polymerase chain response (RT-PCR) take a look at cartridges. The confirmatory exams within the metropolis had been additionally suspended from Could 10 to Could 14 when its RT-PCR laboratory shut down for upkeep.
Ramping up exams
In Malacañang, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque stated the NTF would supply Palawan with extra antigen take a look at kits.
“It’s essential to step up testing whereas the variety of instances is rising in order that we might establish who must be remoted,” Roque stated in a press briefing.
Bayron stated the native authorities had been strictly implementing well being protocols however admitted that the town would wish the assistance of consultants.
“On the fee we’re going, we now have but to seek out the proper answer. We’ve curfew, liquor ban, journey suspension, COVID-19 sheriff, office regulation. [The NTF officials] are right here as a result of we requested for his or her assist,” he stated.
In line with Magalong, two not too long ago constructed molecular laboratories in Puerto Princesa can be accredited subsequent week to hurry up testing.
NTF officers additionally stated samples from Palawan can be prioritized for genome sequencing exams at Philippine Genome Heart to find out if a variant of COVID-19 was circulating within the province.
—WITH A REPORT FROM LEILA B. SALAVERRIA
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