Kiamba Mayor Danny Martinez conveyed his gratitude for having his municipality among the towns that already have zero active Covid-19 cases in the province.
“I’m very glad na naging zero na yung ating cases sa Kiamba, kasi napauwi na natin yung pinaka-bata nating patient na 2 years old noong August 4. Thankfully, wala siyang mga sintomas kaya napauwi na natin for another 14-day home quarantine sa kanila.”
Martinez reported, “as of now we are accommodating 101 LSIs and 3 OFWs sa ating quarantine facility, and ang mga na-discharge ay nasa 282 na lahat.”
On the other hand, Solon constantly reminds all Sarangan to stringently follow the minimum health protocols to avoid being infected by Covid-19 and appeals to the public to be one with the government in the fight against the pandemic.
He encouraged everybody to consider the combat against Covid-19 as affray to prevail.
“I want to put to everyone’s mind na itong laban natin sa Covid-19 ay parang battle where in our goal is to make it back to zero, kung may madagdag man na cases soon, it’s okay, but everybody should put their eyes on our main objective na kailangang maging Covid free na itong Sarangani,” said Solon.
Dr. Arvin Alejandro, provincial health officer, disclosed that all returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and Locally Stranded Individuals (LSI) who arrived last July 9 were properly catered and isolated in their designated isolation facilities, strictly following the protocols and guidelines issued by the Department of Health (DOH).
Alejandro said “yung number of cases natin kahit naging probinsya tayo na may pinakamaraming cases nung mga nakaraang linggo, still the usual management ang ini-implement natin because all of these cases are almost asymptomatic and they are just part of the returning individuals who arrived in the province by land.”
Out of the 64 total cases in Sarangani, Alejandro reported that 70% of these were LSIs who were shuttled via Partas Bus who mostly came from Metro Manila.
Alejandro also said that there are still pending results coming from the LSIs who arrived, “siguro mga 30 plus nalang but these swabs have been taken already as early as before mag one week or mag 10 days ang mga pasyente.”
In discharging the LSIs and OFWs, Alejandro clarified that “even if the results are not available as long as 14 days have been completed and there are no signs and symptoms in the last 5 days pag-reach ng 14 days, pwede na nating pauwiin ang pasyente.”
He pointed out “this is something that the community should understand na this is one of the official guidelines na siner-culate among our municipal health offices.”
“Ang reckoning natin always is the public should know that even if you are asymptomatic and the swab was taken to you on the 5th day of the quarantine period and on the 10th day the result came in as positive, you can only be discharged on the 10th day after the swab was taken.”
He also explained, “we also consider someone as recovered if nag-negative na siya sa repeat swab even if meron siyang signs and symptoms dati.”
“However,” Alejandro cleared that, “for now, repeat swab is not already recommended, which means symptomatic based tayo so the patient who has been found positive but asymptomatic will be discharged after nine or 10 days.”
“Yung mga recovered na may signs and symptoms is also by verge of the signs and symptoms na nawala na and has been discharged, so the criteria for the discharging using the test is not already recommended especially if minimal lang yung supplies for laboratory testing like the PCR kits.”
“That is why,” Alejandro reiterated, “the WHO, based in the collected studies, recommended a symptomatic basis for discharging patients that were found to be positive.”
On the checkpoint protocols, as of this writing, inter-regional borders are now open “but there are still checkpoints that are looking for a medical certificate”. However, Alejandro stressed “dapat sa barangay level or the municipal level pa lang, very strict na and very aggressive na in identifying itong mga dumarating papasok.”
According to Alejandro, in the circulating guidelines issued by the National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), “anybody more than 48 hours coming from outside the premises of any LGU should be quarantined for 14 days.”
He added, “we are trying to work together with our counterpart agencies and the MDRRM with the help of our barangay councils na dapat i-implement natin strictly yung identification of individuals who are just new, or coming from areas with positive cases and then isolate them because that’s the only way for us to sustain and assure that there will be no local transmission.”
In isolating the LSIs and OFWs, Alejandro said “all of these individuals upon arrival shall be quarantined directly to the facilities with a caution na they will be cohorted because mago-overshoot yung bed capacity sa number of arrivals natin." (Joshua John S. Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)