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PLEASE COOPERATE! Blue Angels to do Sarangani-wide Covid-19 target testing

ALABEL, Sarangani (May 13, 2021) – Members of the Diagnostic and Testing Support Teams from all over Sarangani, led by Medical Technologist Federico Yadao of the Provincial Health Office, receive their “Jump Kits” given by Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon on May 12 during their Orientation and Update on Biosecurity and Biosafety in Antigen Testing Protocol at the Capitol gym. Governor Solon provided the essential kits and initiated the virtual send-off for the said health workers who will be the frontliners in the kick-off of the Covid-19 Target Testing efforts of the provincial government of Sarangani starting May 19 to May 29. The provincial and municipal teams, or the so-called Blue Angels of Sarangani (because of their blue uniforms or PPEs), consist of medical technologists, doctors, swabbers, and encoders who will perform antigen and RT-PCR testing to probable Covid-19 patients. In the 10 days target testing, Yadao said they aim to conduct 6,000 tests province-wide so a surge in Covid cases is likely to be expected. But Yadao clarified, “tumataas ang kaso pag nagtest tayo then after that in two weeks kasi maa-isolate mo naman yung mga nagpositive doon, in two weeks talagang remarkable yung pagbaba nyan kasi maa-isolate mo na nga.” Yadao also continues to appeal to the public to always follow health protocols such as wearing of facemask, face shield, 2-meter distancing, and hand washing “kasi kung wala, babalik pa rin tayo sa ganito at napapagod rin yung mga health workers natin.” The Blue Angels’ jump kits contain personal protective equipment (PPEs), disinfectants, vitamins, and specimen carrier which will be used as protection for the frontline workers. According to Yadao, the provincial government will be doing “targeted testing na yung objective is really to control yung transmission.” “Part ng plan ng pagbaba ng kaso natin is we need to target testing rather than mass testing kasi pag mass testing, resource-based yan, pag resource-based ibig sabihin pag wala na yung testing kits mo, wala ka ng ite-test, pero kung targeted testing siya meron siyang requirements kung saang area mo ilalagay yung target testing,” Yadao further explained. (Martin Fernando Bernad Jr. – Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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