DOH lauds Muntinlupa City’s response, strategies vs. COVID-19
QUEZON CITY, May 30 (PIA)—After posting the highest recovery rate of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila, the Department of Health (DOH) lauded Muntinlupa City’s strategies in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the communities.
DOH and World Health Organization (WHO) delegates led by the Metro Manila Center for Health Development director Dr. Corazon Flores met with Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi last May 21 and commended the local exec’s leadership and response to the pandemic.
Flores cited the local government’s efforts in contact tracing, strong coordination with public and private hospitals for management of COVID-19 patients, weekly meetings with barangay leaders, and active barangay health emergency response system.
She also lauded the city’s swabbing process with a drive-thru feature, installation up of a testing lab and construction of additional isolation rooms in Ospital ng Muntinlupa.
Present during the meeting were DOH Asst. Regional Director Dr. Paz Corrales, DOH Epidemiologist Dr. Manuel Mapue, WHO technical officers Dr. Juhani Capeding and Dr. Rodel Nodora, and Muntinlupa City Health Officer Dra. Teresa Tuliao.
DOH and WHO execs also visited the 108-bed quarantine facility at the Filinvest Tent ‘We Heal As One Center’ in Alabang. The mega quarantine facility was formally turned over to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) last May 13.
Muntinlupa City recorded the highest COVID-19 recovery rate in Metro Manila at 68.93% as of May 24. Further, COVID-19 transmission in the city is slowing down with a doubling time of nine days.
Doubling time refers to the number of days for local coronavirus cases to double in number. The standard rate of transmission should be at 7-30 days to be considered decelerating.
The local government continues to conduct targeted mass testing for city residents who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. PCR Testing administered to residents is for free. As of May 23, the local health office has tested 2,300 residents and frontliners. Confirmed patients are immediately referred to quarantine facilities while close contacts and their families are isolated.
The local government implements a holistic approach in treating COVID-19 patients and suspect individuals by providing psychosocial, spiritual, and support care on top of medical assistance. Recovered patients are continuously monitored by CHO and are given vitamins and other supplies.
Fresnedi said the local government will implement more stringent quarantine measures and will not be complacent with the high recovery rate among Muntinlupa’s COVID-19 cases. The local exec reminded city residents that they should continue to observe physical distancing and wear masks when going out of their homes.
Muntinlupa City has 211 confirmed cases with 145 recoveries, 34 active cases, 32 reported deaths, 42 suspect cases, and 228 probable cases as of May 28. (Muntinlupa PIO/PIA-NCR)