Tuesday, 10 November 2020 16:29

Village officials, health workers receptive to DOH time-based recoveries

Written by Stephen Capillas
Village officials, health workers receptive to DOH time-based recoveries Screengrab photos by Stephen Capillas
Reception on the time-based and symptoms-based strategy in the discharge of recovered COVID-19 patients had been generally positive among barangay officials, the City Health Office (CHO) said Tuesday (Nov. 10).
‘Based on what I gathered on the meeting with barangay information officers, barangay health workers and officials, the consensus was that so long as there is certification affirming that the patient is recovered, they will still monitor the patient as they complete the 14-day quarantine at home,’ CHO resident epidemiologist Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya said during Tuesday noon’s press briefing.
Dr. Retuya explained again that the DOH time-based and symptoms-based discharge strategy allows patients to be discharged if he or she has no fever nor symptoms on the 10th day of confinement even without a second confirmatory test. ‘The meeting had speakers like Dr. Ian Gonzales (DOH infectious diseases cluster chief) who
explained the DOH strategies and listened to their sentiments,’ he said.
‘I talked with one barangay captain and he said they have no problems so long as the barangays know what to do in handling recovered patients whom they will monitor for compliance in finishing their quarantine and see if they’re not displaying any more symptoms,’ Dr. Retuya said. Acting City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery thanked those for attending the meeting.
‘We will have more briefings with the barangay officials, barangay health workers and information officers on the DOH time-based recoveries. We also updated them on the city’s current COVID-19 situation with data we present in our daily press briefings so they can understand their role in mobilizing their constituents in complying with minimum health protocols,’ Dr. Nery said. #AntiCOVID19 #COVID19WatchCDO #LGUCDOcampaign #Yourgovernmentatwork #Kaabag #Hapsay #CDOCityHallCollaboration #TheBiggerPictureForCDO #NagkahiusaBatokCOVID-19