Nat’l gov’t commits to expanding COVID-19 efforts in Cebu
CEBU CITY, May 14 (PIA) — As the fight against COVID-19 continues, the national government, through National Action Plan Against COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer Vince Dizon, commits to building more quarantine facilities and increase COVID-19 testing capacity in the province of Cebu.
Dizon also lauded the efforts being done in Cebu as he assured the Cebuanos that strengthened response measures are being done to beat COVID-19.
“We know there are cases in this area, there are over a thousand cases. While this is a big number, what we want to tell the people of Cebu is that we can beat this thing together,” said Dizon.
On May 9, Dizon met with Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino, Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella, and Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes, Department of Health (DOH) 7 Regional Director Jaime Bernadas, Inter-Agency Task Group on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases-Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (IATF-MEID -RDRMMC) 7 Co-chairman Marlou Salazar, and other concerned agencies to discuss the government’s efforts in flattening the curve.
Dizon highlighted the government’s strategy to “test, trace, and treat” to fight COVID-19 which is already being done in Cebu.
With that, he says that the national government will provide the necessary support in order to augment the efforts done by the local officials.
He also commended Cebu City for having the lowest mortality rate in the country despite breaching the one-thousand mark for its COVID-19 positive cases.
“One thing we also have to look at now is the mortality rate. It is how many people who are infected are dying. And actually, Cebu city is the lowest in the country. It is under one percent,” he explained.
For Cebu, Dizon said the goal is to increase the current lab capacity of roughly 1,000 tests per day to 3,500.
Sec. Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has also committed to building more isolation facilities in Cebu.
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test kits have been delivered to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) Sub-National Laboratory.
The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) also received rapid diagnostic test kits and personal protective equipment (PPEs). (poc/PIA7)