By Rjhay E. Laurea
MANILA — Mayor Joy Belmonte of Quezon City has called on the management of workplaces and other high-risk closed centers to strictly implement minimum public health protocols to avoid the spread of the virus.
This, after 99 children aged 18 and below tested positive for Covid-19 at the Gentlehands Orphanage in Barangay Bagumbuhay, QC. Aside from them, 23 staffers also tested positive.
“Mariin nating ipinapaalala na ang hindi pagsunod o hindi pagpapatupad ng minimum public health protocols ay paglabag sa RA 11332. Dapat maging mahigpit ang ating persons in authority sa pagpapatupad nito para maiwasan natin ang pagkalat ng virus (We strongly remind the public that disobeying or not implementing the public health protocols is against the RA 11332. Our persons in authority must be strict in implementing this for us to avoid the spread of the virus),” said QC Mayor Joy Belmonte.
She added that it could have been prevented and the children could have been saved from the surge of Covid if protocols were observed.
CESU chief Dr. Rolando Cruz said an asymptomatic adult may have visited the orphanage and without his or her knowledge, brought the virus, which caused the surge.
“Kailangang mapanatili ng mga ganitong closed long-term care facilities ang mahigpit na protocols dahil kahit isang kaso lang ang makapasok sa kanila ay madaling mahahawa ang lahat (These closed long-term facilities need to observe their strict protocols because even one case that swept inside them, it will become contagious),” Cruz said.
The Office of the City Mayor attended to the needs of the facility by giving paracetamol, vitamins, hygiene kits, face masks, alcohol, and food packs.
Belmonte also told CESU to closely monitor everyone’s health, particularly children, and to do active surveillance of other closed settings such as nursing homes.
“Patuloy nating papalawigin ang ating swab testing at contact tracing program para maabot ang mga gaya nitong high-risk closed facilities (We will continue the spread of our swab testing and contact tracing program to reach high-risk closed facilities like this),” said Belmonte. (ai/mtvn)