CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Department of Health Center for Health Development – Northern Mindanao (DOHCH-NM) Regional Director, Dr. Adriano Suba-an reaffirmed that their department has fully a competent and fleshed out blueprint against the fight of the virus in the region and to extinguish doubts during the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force’s (NMCRTF) bi-weekly press briefing, April 14.
“We presented in our NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force (NMCRTF) meeting together with the governors through teleconference and officials in the region our plans of using the concept and operation of ‘Detect, Isolate, Treat, and Reintegrate,’ which includes recovery in our reintegration aspect.”
He said DOH-10 remains committed in the fight against COVID-19. To date, they have given services to 27 medical referrals, answered 556 calls in their COVID-19 hotlines, distributed 4,174 educational posters and 1,914 tarpaulins across different localities to private and public establishments, and answered 625 calls on their psychological support services hotlines.
To further boost their battle against the disease, their Nutrition Cluster gave out ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, nutri-butter, nutri-mum, ready to use therapeutic food along with their food packs, while their Logistics Assistance cluster provided supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPEs), cadaver bags, and disinfectants across all provinces in Northern Mindanao which amounts to P2,845,311.
As for the modification of classification of COVID-19 cases, Suba-an explained that ‘probable case’ refers to people with mild, severe, or critical symptoms who are tested but showed inconclusive reports, ‘suspect case’ for people with mild, severe, or critical symptoms who are not yet tested, and ‘confirmed case’ for positive patients.
As of April 14, there are now a total of 11 confirmed cases in the region, all of whom are not locally transmitted, 4 had recovered, 3 expired, 2 are currently confined in the hospital, and 2 are in-home quarantine.
“We are always taking account the worst case scenario, we can only project, what we don’t want to happen is to be like Italy, Wuhan, Spain, and even the US, that’s why we are making best of the what we have to protect everyone,” Suba-an said. (Vincent Philip S. Bautista/PIA10)