Mankayan handles COVID-19 positive patient with care

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MANKAYAN, Benguet – The municipal government successfully discharged a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) positive patient from a local isolation facility, a clear indication that the municipal government can now effectively and efficiently handle future cases.

Mayor Frenzel A. Ayong disclosed the latest COVID positive patient to be discharged from the town’s Casubigan isolation facility is a 31-year old male farmer from Barangay Taneg earlier confined in the facility after testing positive for COVID 19.

He stated the discharge of the COVID patient from the isolation facility reflects the capability of the health workers and volunteers to handle confirmed cases and no need to refer such cases to other health facilities outside the municipality.

Earlier, Mayor Ayong worked out the conduct of trainings among members of the barangay health emergency response teams (BHERTs) and the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) on the implementation of the basic health and safety protocols to ensure their readiness when actual cases are confirmed in their places to avoid panic among the residents and for them to manage the cases with utmost care en route to the municipal isolation facilities.

He claimed the success of the operation of the town’s isolation facility could be attributed to the combined efforts of the municipal officials and health workers in working together to prevent the spread of the deadly virus in the municipality.

According to him, there is no stopping the municipal government from partnering with concerned government agencies and the private sector to formulate programs, projects and activities that will continue the gains of the implementation of the different levels of community quarantine and abate the spread of the virus to the different communities to ensure the health and safety of the people in the various barangays.

The municipal government worked out the establishment of the Casubigan isolation facility to quarantine and isolate suspected and probable COVID patients aside from accommodating confirmed cases, such as what happened in the previous weeks.

The municipal chief executive pointed out his administration will continue to coordinate with concerned stakeholders for the identification of additional quarantine and isolation facilities in feasible sites in the municipality to ensure the town’s readiness to handle any possible sudden surge in COVID cases like what happened in other municipalities in the province over the past several weeks.

Ayong emphasized it is better to be ready to handle future positive cases instead of the town’s health care system being compromised because of the lack of preparedness on the part of concerned government agencies and the local government. By HENT