CITY OF MALOLOS- Newly hired 1,317 contact tracers immediately started contact tracing to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases in the province.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government of Bulacan immediately dispersed the contact tracers to perform their duty and produce efficient results.
Out of the said total contact tracers, Bulacan Gov. Daniel R. Fernando requested 80 individuals to be assigned at the Provincial Government of Bulacan to assist in the contact tracing program starting October 2020.
“Naniniwala tayo na kung mas maraming kikilos at magtutulungan, darating ang araw na matutuldukan natin ang pandemyang ito. With the help of our contact tracers na directly reporting sa ating Public Health Office, mas mapapaigting natin ang paghahanap sa mga posibleng naging contact ng mga nagpopositibong kaso upang masiguro na ‘di na sila makapag-interact sa iba para maiwasan ang pagkalat pa. Mahalaga kasi ‘yung bilis, ‘yung panahon ng paghahanap,” Fernando said.
He also reiterated that patients should be in quarantine facilities and not in their homes.
The remaining 1,237 contact tracers were divided in 21 municipalities and three cities to assist them in their journey to fight the unseen but deadly COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Dr. Jocelyn Gomez, head of the Provincial Health Office-Public Health, said that contact tracers are currently serving as part of a team of existing contact tracers, conducting case interviews and profiling of close contacts while also observing that the minimum health standards are implemented at the PGB offices and compound.
According to Provincial Director Darwin David, DILG-Bulacan, these contact tracers are part of the 150,000 contact tracers target to meet the ‘Magalong formula’ of tracing 37 close contacts of 1 COVID patient up to the 3rd degree.
He added that before deployment, contact tracers underwent one-day orientation and two days training to prepare them for their duties and responsibilities.
“We also provided them with PPEs, face masks, face shields, alcohols, gloves and tissues kasi alam naman natin na may panganib talaga lalo na sa field, kaya sinigurado namin na equipped sila ng kumpletong protection gear along with the knowledge needed para ligtas din sila habang ginagawa nila ‘yung trabaho nila na pigilan ang pagkalat pa ng COVID-19,” David said.
As of October 29, 2020, there are 8,031 total verified COVID-19 cases, wherein 1,164 are active, 6, 625 recovered and 242 have died.