Malabon shares best practices against Covid-19
Malabon City shared with the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (C.O.D.E.) Team their best practices as well as the current concerns and challenges that they are facing with regard to the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
The C.O.D.E. Team, headed by the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), met with the city's officials on Friday.
Malabon City Mayor Antolin Oreta III said during the dialogue that their best practices resulted in the continuing decline in the number of Covid-19 cases in the city.
However, he also shared that they are facing challenges and concerns most especially in densely populated and depressed barangays with residents who seem to totally disregard the imposed safety health protocols.
Citing recent data, Oreta said the city has already tested about 22,000 individuals.
He said that they are having a hard time convincing residents and changing their mindset to make them understand that the coronavirus disease spreads easily and that everyone needs to be cautious.
“We see in our areas that there are two spectrums, the first spectrum is they follow all the health protocols while the other is completely not following them and it is difficult because they lack discipline,” Oreta said in a mix of English and Filipino.
Another concern raised by the chairman of Barangay Catmon, which is one of the biggest and one of the most impoverished barangays in the city, is the coordination between companies and the local government officials in terms of Covid-19 testing.
Oreta said companies that conduct their own rapid or swab tests of their employees do not communicate the results to the city health office which causes a delay in their contact tracing.
Meanwhile, Oreta said that currently, Malabon City already has about 600-bed capacity.
“We have added 300 more bed capacity in our isolation centers which we have placed in two schools that we have developed, with 150-bed capacity each. With this, we will now have over 600 bed capacity in the city,” Oreta said.