By Glen S. Ramos/Benjamin F. Cuaresma
MANILA — To ensure protection of its employees from coronavirus, the Department of Health (DOH)-CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) office has conducted mass antigen and RT-PCT tests to all its employees.
“We need to guarantee the safety and well-being of our own employees as they are always at the frontline doing the legwork and constantly exposed to the Covid virus while conducting fieldwork,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated.
“Kailangan lahat ay malaman natin ang kanilang health status upang sila ay maproteksyonan kasama na ang kanilang mga pamilya lalo na ngayong mabilis ang pagkalat ng virus at maraming namamatay.”
The swab testing is being conducted to monitor the health status of every staff and promptly manage those showing or manifesting symptoms of the virus.
“All precautions must be considered this time and all health regulations must be implemented. Para mga empleyado na magpositive sa Covid ay dinadala na sila agad sa isolation facility upang magpagaling at di na makahawa pa. Yung iba naman na asymptomatic ay home quarantine muna habang sila ay minomonitor ng RESU team. Timely and appropriate interventions ang kailangan upang hindi na kumalat pa ang virus.”
The Covid mass testing for employees started last September 1, 2021.
As of September 13, 2021, the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit recorded 1,599 new cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 295,663 cases for CALABARZON with 44,818 active cases and 242,323 recoveries. A total of 8,522 died from the virus. (ai/mtvn)