LGU brings swab testing closer to community

The city government here will establish cluster clinics in each of its districts to make the conduct of reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing more accessible to the public.


Department head Jeck Conlu, who was also designated as spokesperson for the Iloilo City Covid Team, said in a virtual presser Thursday that Mayor Jerry Treñas has ordered the establishment of the clinic in each district’s covered gymnasiums immediately.


“The cluster clinic is a free service given by the city government,” he said.


Conlu said that instead of going to health centers, those seeking medical checkup for fever, flu, and cough, and similar symptoms may just proceed to the cluster clinic.


“They will be assessed by the medical doctors if they need to be swabbed, which will be available right at the cluster clinic,” he added.


With this, they no longer have to flock to the Jubilee Hall in this city’s Mabini Street where the usual swabbing is conducted.


“Once they are swabbed, they are advised to go on home quarantine,” he said.


The cluster clinic will be operational Monday to Friday during regular office hours.


District health centers are still open to accommodate patients, he added.


Meantime, Conlu said the mayor may announce new developments on management of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as cases in the city were seen increasing in the past three days.


The mayor, he said, is finalizing the new development with the regional Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).


Data from the emergency operations center (EOC) showed that as of Thursday, the partial confirmed cases in this city is 30. The total cases on Sept 16 reached 82, and 120 on Sept. 15.


The city mayor also signed Executive Order No. 147 for the localized lockdowns of 28 barangays for 72 hours, or until a longer period is required starting Thursday. (PNA)


Source: Philippines News Agency

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