29 contact tracers help prevent COVID spread in Miag-ao

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 11 (PIA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) thanked the 29 contact tracers that were hired to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Miag-ao, Iloilo.

A social media post from DILG-Miag-ao said the rendered services of the said contact tracers “granted significant contribution to the government’s efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The contact tracers were hired to augment the contact tracing efforts of the local government unit as well as its COVID-19 Task Force.

They rendered service from October to December 2020.

Their responsibilities included conducting interviews, profiling and performing initial public health risk assessment of COVID-19 cases and to identified close contacts.

The contact tracers formed part of the Contact Tracing Teams led by the municipal health officers, members of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams, and volunteers from Civil Society Organizations.

A bulletin from the Municipal Health Office (MHO) showed that on November 1, 2020, a total of 83 close contacts were on facility quarantine.

In MHO’s December 30, 2020 bulletin, there were zero cases of close contact on facility quarantine.

In the same bulletin, the town had a total of 96 confirmed cases, of which 84 recovered and two expired. (LTP/DILG-Miag-ao/CBA/PIA-6)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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