ILOILO CITY – The Western Visayas Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF-6) has asked local government units (LGUS) to keep their temporary treatment and monitoring facilities (TMMF) open and on standby amid the region’s classification as low risk in term virus infections.
In a phone interview on Tuesday, Christian Nagaynay, the head secretariat of RIATF-6, cited that the role of the TTMF was crucial, especially in the management of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases and to decongest hospitals.
He said there were manifestations from their field office regarding the demobilization of TTMF.
“This is part of our response and with the recommendation of DOH (Department of Health) to remind LGUs because they might get complacent because cases are controlled and we might not see the need this time, but later on,” he said.
The RIATF-6 through its May 2, 2021 advisory reminded LGUs of the guidelines for isolation and quarantine of Covid-19 cases.
As of the same date, there are 15,735 TTMF beds in Western Visayas with a utilization rate of 26 percent, DOH data showed.
Nagaynay added that the RIATF has become proactive in reminding LGUs, although there are no reports yet of TTMFs being demobilized.
In terms of ensuring the implementation of health protocols and other measures, Nagaynay said that LGUs are given the “extra mile” to identify initiatives as long as they are not contrary to the national policy.
As per DOH Department Memorandum 2020-0512, isolation refers to the “separation of sick people with contagious disease” from those who are not sick.
The memorandum added that TTMFs would be used to admit and isolate asymptomatic and mild cases while moderate cases will be isolated in Level 1 or Level 2 hospitals. Severe and critical cases shall be isolated and managed in Level 2 or 3 hospitals.
In a virtual press conference on Monday, Dr. Bea Camille F. Natalaray, section head of the integrated non-communicable diseases prevention and control program of the Department of Health-Western Visayas, said the region was low in terms of risk classification based on the growth and attack rate per 100,000 population.
Aklan, Antique, and Negros Occidental are low risk while Iloilo City and Capiz are at moderate risk. Guimaras and Iloilo provinces are minimal, while Bacolod City is at high risk.
“The overall classification of Western Visayas is low,” she said.
The regional Covid-19 case bulletin released Monday afternoon showed that the region has 36,447 total cumulative Covid-19 cases; 4,866 are active, 30,665 have recovered and 910 have died. (PNA)