Sara orders ‘aggressive’ Covid-19 surveillance

Sara orders ‘aggressive’ Covid-19 surveillance

DAVAO CITY – Following the spike of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Cebu, Mayor Sara Z. Duterte said the city government has ordered “aggressive” surveillance for early detection and contact-tracing.

In an interview Monday, Mayor Sara said the intensified surveillance targets people manifesting influenza-like illnesses (ILI) or symptoms such as cough, colds, and fever.

“Whether they have an exposure with a Covid-19 positive case or not, they are being requested or sent for testing,” she said.

Aside from this, Mayor Sara said the city is also reviewing the local contact tracing strategy, noting that it used to be the city’s greatest challenge in the past.

Duterte recalled that the city’s contact tracing during the first wave of cases last year was often delayed, taking days to locate anybody who had contact with a confirmed positive case.

“We will try to prevent a second wave for Davao City. If you can recall the time when our cases were high, theirs (Manila and Cebu) are low, so we won’t let it happen again. We already have an ordinance that will be implemented requiring air passengers to present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result before checking in for any Davao City-bound flights as our first step to prevent the surge,” Duterte said.

“The city’s Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMFs) are also on standby,” she added.

Recently, the City Council approved an ordinance that makes Covid-19 testing mandatory before any person can fly in through the Davao International Airport (DIA)

The city government, Mayor Sara said, also aims to fast-track the request of the Department of Health in Region 11 (DOH-11) on the equipment needed by private hospitals to help in the city’s fight against Covid-19.

“We should fast-track the procurement so we can give it to the private hospitals before a possible second wave hits us,” she said. (PNA)

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