DOH-Calabarzon strengthens health care system against Delta variant threats

DOH-Calabarzon strengthens health care system against Delta variant threats

By Glen S. Ramos/Benjamin F. Cuaresma

MANILA — Department of Health (DOH)-CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) continuous to strengthen its health care system against the ongoing threat pf Delta Variant cases in the region.

“We have already established the “One Hospital Command Center (OHCC) in which we have linked the health and medical services of our regional hospitals, particularly the Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital in Cavite and the Batangas Medical Center in Batangas. Kabilang rin sa network na ito ang ibang malalaking public hospitals sa probinsya ng Laguna, Quezon at Rizal upang magbigay ng kinakailangang health services sa ating kababayan lalo na sa mga positibo ng Covid virus. Kaya mayroon tayong well-coordinated response at referral system na syang namamahala sa ating mga Covid cases,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated.

“We all have Covid-19 cases as Delta Variant cases and this is the reason why we initiated and established the “Project Delta” with the objective of preventing the immediate spread of the virus in high-risk communities.”

Janairo also emphasized that Covid patients admitted to government health facilities in remote areas need not worry as they have been conducting telemedicine consultations since 2018. “Marami ng health facilities na nalagyan ng telemedicine services sa iba’t-ibang malalayong probinsya and the most recent is the tele-icu system placed at Quezon Medical Center in Lucena City, to monitor critical Covid patients in intensive care units (ICU) which are also designed to protect healthcare workers from possible infection due to less exposure.”

As of September 16, 2021, the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit recorded 406 Delta Variants with Laguna having the highest number of cases at 112 followed by Cavite with 99 cases, Rizal with 83, Batangas – 65, Quezon – 33 and Lucena City with 14 cases.

Most source of Delta infection comes from local transmission with 355 cases with the largest number also from Laguna with 102 cases followed by Cavite with 82 cases, Rizal – 78, Batangas – 52, Quezon – 28 and Lucena City with 13 cases.

A total of 51 Delta cases came from Returning Overseas Workers (ROF) with Cavite topping the list with 17 cases followed by Batangas with 13, Rizal and Quezon with 5 cases each and Lucena City has one case.

Janairo said that the regional office continues to conduct mass antigen and RT-PCR testing to prevent transmission.

“Follow health protocols, for young children and senior citizens better stay indoors just to be safe and get vaccinated if you have not yet received your dose. It is better to have additional protection than none at all,” he reminded residents. (ai/mtvn)

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