The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has assigned 71 contact tracers to Mati City to help its coronavirus disease (Covid-19) response.
In an interview Thursday, city information officer Ben Jason Tesiorna said the hired contact tracers have been deployed to different health stations in the city starting October 13.
“They have a three-month contract from October to December 2020 and they will augment the existing contact tracing teams of the local government,” he told Philippine News Agency on Thursday.
Among the responsibilities of the contact tracing team are to conduct interviews, profiling, perform an initial public health risk assessment of Covid-19 cases and their identified close contacts, daily monitoring of close and general contacts for at least 14 days, and perform such other tasks in relation to the Covid response.
Recently, the new contact tracers underwent training from October 6-7 conducted by personnel from the Department of Health-Davao’s Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (DOH-RESU) and the Mati City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.
Tesiorna said Mati City’s existing contact tracing team is composed of personnel from City Health Office (CHO), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP), Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTS), and volunteers from civil society organizations (CSOs).
The DILG is authorized to hire contact tracers under the Bayanihan to Recover as One ACt or Bayanihan 2.
Meanwhile, Tesiorna said the city received two new ambulances for the city’s Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Services (PEMS).
“The ambulances amounted to PHP5 million in total. It is DOH-accredited with an emergency warning light and siren public address system. A tempered glass division separating the driver to the body, and air conditioning system with control,” he added.
Source: Philiipines News Agency