Baguio prioritize testing for residents with flu-like symptoms

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Mayor Benjamin Magalong, July 20, issued Memorandum No. 123-2020, ordering barangay chiefs and members of the Barangay Health Emergency Teams (BHERTs) to encourage residents experiencing flu-like symptoms to have medical check-ups.

City Health Services Office head Dr. Rowena Galpo was likewise tipped to prepare different health centers for the influx of residents seeking medical attention and testing.

The mayor said, “If we assess people with flu-like symptoms like fever, cough, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and fatigue early, we can immediately identify carriers and isolate them thereby preventing further virus transmission.”

These comes in the heels of a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in the city in the past days, with clustering observed in two barangays. Patients of late manifested symptoms of the malady.

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Allaying fears, the mayor averred, “Although we have had an increase of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the city in recent weeks, we are completely prepared and capacitated with adequate testing and isolation facilities for our constituents.”

He added, the city is ready to address future cases with its well-placed contact tracing, testing, isolation and medical systems.

But the residents’ cooperation remains to be a crucial factor, he emphasized.

The mayor appealed, “Please bear with us and continue to be vigilant in observing our health and quarantine protocols by wearing your masks properly at all times.”

“Wash your hands; observe cough and sneeze etiquettes; limit your travels outside of the home to essentials; maintain physical distancing; and, avoid the 3 Cs: crowded places; close contact settings; and confined and enclosed spaces,” he added.

“Treat yourselves like you have it. Treat others like they have it. Make it a habit.”

By: Aileen P. Refuerzo