Tuesday, 03 November 2020 15:41

Moreno: No to overly stringent border controls

Local governments covered under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) should not be overly strict with their boundaries to each other since this is tantamount to a lockdown, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno said.

‘Enforcing overly strict boundary controls is virtually a lockdown. Again to explain, a lockdown is done when the local government’s health care system is overwhelmed by the surge of COVID-19 cases and contact tracing cannot be done anymore. And the lockdown is enforced to prepare the health care system and frontliners in handling the pandemic,’ Mayor Moreno said during Saturday noon’s (Oct. 31) press briefing.

Mayor Moreno said this in response to questions from local media on imposing tighter border controls instead of a lockdown by restricting movement between areas to medical cases and essential travel. ‘One can easily enforce a lockdown in a small area. But in areas with large populations (like Cagayan de Oro) , a lockdown will impact heavily on livelihood as seen in Manila and Luzon,’ Mayor Moreno said.

Mayor Moreno admitted that while the city’s local cases are rising, this was offset by the high rate of recoveries which number 1,019 out of the total cumulative number of 1,693 COVID-19 cases in the city or over 60 percent. As of 10 pm of Nov. 2, Cagayan de Oro City recorded 44 new cases with one death and 14 recoveries, acting City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said.

Of that number two are returning Kagay-anons, 17 involve persons with close contact to previous cases, 19 are local index cases, five APORs (authorized persons outside residence) and one death, Dr. Nery said. Mayor Moreno credited the high rate of recoveries to City Hall’s prevention and early detection through intensive contact tracing, the extraction and isolation of COVID-19 patients and their contacts.

Two months before President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of a nationwide public state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic last March, City Hall under Mayor Moreno’s administration prepared its citywide contact tracing network city as well as its isolation units and temporary treatment monitoring facilities (TTMFs). ‘And we did all this without resorting to a lockdown,’ Mayor Moreno said.

Now that Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental and northern Mindanao remain on MGCQ, Mayor Moreno said the priorities now are to stop the COVID-19 spread and accelerate the recoveries while sustaining the economy. ‘What is important is that we have a good handle of the situation and we can do more to reduce these cases if everyone of us complies with minimum public health protocols,’ Mayor Moreno said. #AntiCOVID19 #COVID19WatchCDO #LGUCDOcampaign #Yourgovernmentatwork #Kaabag #Hapsay #CDOCityHallCollaboration #TheBiggerPictureForCDO #NagkahiusaBatokCOVID-19

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BISAN pa man sa nagkataas nga ihap sa COVID 19 sa syudad, gipasabot ni City Health Officer Dr Lorraine Nery nga mas ubos ang ilang natala nga acute respiratory illness (ARI) nga usa sa mga sintomas sa corona virus nga sarang usab hinungdan sa COVID 19.

Base sa taho sa City Health Office (CHO) mas ubos ang ilang natala nga ARI deaths nga anaa sa 681 karong tuiga kompara sa milabay’ng tuig nga 1,293.

Gipasabot ni Dr Nery nga bisan kun ang maong datus natala sugod Enero hangtud Oktubre pa lamang apan kompyansa ang CHO nga dili na niini maabot ang gidaghanon sa 2019.

Matud ni Dr. Nery nga daghan usab ang midangop karon sa online consultation sa CHO human kini gilusad niadtong Abril 22 ning tuiga sa tinguha nga maatiman gilayon ang mga adunay balatian bisan pa man sa hulga sa COVID 19 nga nakahatag og kabalaka ug kalisdanan sa mga buot magpakonsulta sa mga hospital.

Apan bisan pa man niini, nanawagan ang mga doctor sa katawhan nga magpa konsulta gilayon pinaagi sa online consultation kung adunay mga balatian.

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Tuesday, 03 November 2020 10:35

Random RT-PCR test survey eyed for CdeO

About 1,700 to 2,500 residents of Cagayan de Oro City will soon be chosen at random to undergo a targeted prevalance test survey for COVID-19, the City Health Office (CHO) said Friday noon (Oct. 31).

‘This survey will be conducted jointly with the Department of Health (DOH-10) and swab samples will be taken from the respondents to form the basis of our survey (of COVID-19 prevalence in the city),’ CHO epidemiologist Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya said.

During Friday noon’s press briefing, Dr. Retuya explained that they would have to wait for both the DOH-10 and Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) to upgrade their facilities so they can conduct the prevalence survey using RT-PCR or reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test. NMMC is reportedly scheduled to upgrade their laboratory to biosafety level 2 sometime in November.

A serologic prevalence survey conducted by the CHO with DOH last June that involved about 288 randomly selected respondents from 13 zones in Barangay Carmen used rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) with RT-PCR as confirmatory tests.

‘The NMMC’s Gene Xpert testing machine has limited cartridges so the DOH-Tuberculosis Reference Center (can be tapped) but DOH serves not only the city but northern Mindanao. We cannot tap the private hospitals because their RT-PCR tests are paid for (so we will wait for word on DOH on this survey). We may need more respondents if people ask for it and the survey results (may be more conclusive),’ Dr. Retuya said. #AntiCOVID19 #COVID19WatchCDO #LGUCDOcampaign #Yourgovernmentatwork #Kaabag #Hapsay #CDOCityHallCollaboration #TheBiggerPictureForCDO #NagkahiusaBatokCOVID-19

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Most asymptomatic COVID-19 patients recover in nine to 10 days after contracting the virus, a top official of the City Health Office (CHO) said Friday noon (Oct. 30).

‘Based on the studies that were shown to us during the ‘Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat and Re-Integrate (PDITR) webinar sponsored by the Department of Health Friday morning, the asymptomatic patient will usually shed the SARS Covid 2 virus in nine to 10 days,’ CHO resident epidemiologist Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya said in Friday’s press briefing.

After nine to 10 days, these patients will usually have zero to minimal remnants of the virus, Dr. Retuya said. ‘That means if we conduct a swab sample on the patient and culture the specimen, there will be zero or minimal remnants of the virus that are insufficient for it to grow (and cause infection),’ Dr. Retuya said.

Dr. Retuya said these findings form the rationale behind the ‘time-bound’ and ‘symptom-bound’ strategies adopted by DOH that were based on criteria set by the World Health Organization (WHO) for doctors around the globe to assess and determine the discharge of patients recovering from COVID-19.

These twin strategies were reportedly endorsed by both the Philippine College of Physicians and Philippine College for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. The CHO is meeting with barangay health officers and risk communication officers to discuss these strategies, Dr. Retuya said.

Under these DOH-10 strategies, patients will no longer undergo re-testing using the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). ‘Upon assessment by the examining doctor, the patient is considered recovered 10 days, exactly one day after he or she is expected to shed the virus (out of his or her system). But they are ordered to strictly complete their two-week quarantine at home,’ Dr. Retuya said.

‘Thanks to the DOH, we learn everyday and in these times of crisis no one has a monopoly of good strategies. We are open to good strategies and we have to learn and continue to find ways to beat COVID-19,’ Dr. Retuya said. #AntiCOVID19 #COVID19WatchCDO #LGUCDOcampaign #Yourgovernmentatwork #Kaabag #Hapsay #CDOCityHallCollaboration #TheBiggerPictureForCDO #NagkahiusaBatokCOVID-19

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Tuesday, 03 November 2020 10:11


Acting on some complaints, personnel of Regulatory Compliance Board (RCB) and Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) together with Punong Barangay Billy Kid Auza of Barangay Tablon inspected a billiard hall in the area and found out that the owner has business permit and also complied with the minimum public health protocols as required by DOH and IATF.

Under the Omnibus Guidelines of the city's Task Force Against COVID-19, billiard halls and similar establishments are allowed to open on the condition that stricter observance on health protocols must be implemented.


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Sa tinguha nga mahingusgan ang pagpatuman sa mga health safety protocols, nagpatawag ang Human Resource Management Office og tigum alang sa mga administrative officers ug safety officers sa nagkadaiyang buhatan sa city hall, Oktubre 29 - 30, pinaagi sa Zoom.

Lakip sa gihisgutan ang sitwasyon sa city hall ug ang mga lakang sa pagpugong sa pagkuyanap sa COVID-19, ug ang process flow sa Incident Management Team ug Health Emergency Management staff.

Ang maong tigum gisundan sa COVID-19 risk assessment, uban sa usa ka orientation kalabot sa contact tracing diin ang resource speaker mao si medical officer Dr. Ted Yu Jr. sa City Health Office.


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The soon-to-be completed emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases (EREID) facility in Barangay San Simon, Cagayan de Oro City is being considered as a Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Mindanao.

‘I was very pleased about Regional (Department of Health) Director Dr. Adrian Suba-an’s announcement that he will work to establish the San Simon facility as an RITM facility in Mindanao. I won’t be around to see that happen but as they say, a journey of a thousand miles starts with one small step,’ Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno said.

During Saturday noon’s (Oct. 31) press briefing, Mayor Moreno said a meeting with Director Suba-an, acting City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery and JR Borja General Hospital chief Dr. Ramon Nery on the project raised the possibility of expanding the EREID facility into what Mayor Moreno hoped will be a ‘health complex.’

‘The facility sits on a five-hectare area and it can accommodate the health services that cannot be done at Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) due to their space limitations. For now, (we are building the foundation) of what it is intended to be (and what it can be in the future),’ Mayor Moreno said.

The EREID facility has a 75-bed capacity and is designed in coordination with the DOH and NMMC´s Infectious Diseases Department to receive mild to asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. It will house a bio-safety level 2 laboratory that will house the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machines for COVID-19 testing. #AntiCOVID19 #COVID19WatchCDO #LGUCDOcampaign #Yourgovernmentatwork #Kaabag #Hapsay #CDOCityHallCollaboration #TheBiggerPictureForCDO #NagkahiusaBatokCOVID-19


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Three homeowners groups in Cagayan de Oro City shared their best practices and voiced their support to City Hall’s advocacy campaign on public compliance to minimum health protocols to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

During Friday morning’s edition of the Ang CDO Karon show, homeowners presidents Arthur Aranas of the Morning Mist Village subdivision, Carmen Estoque of the San Juan I Lapasan Socialized Homeowners Association and Serafin Labrada of the Oro Habitat Calaanan Homeowners Association shared some of the COVID-19 response measures they adopted for their members.

‘Last March we met and implemented measures like foot and tire baths and we required homeowners to wear face masks. Our guards use thermal guns to check on visitors’s temperatures and we have a homeowner who happens to be an infectious disease specialist to advise us on what to do. We also stopped bookings at our multi-purpose hall and our basketball courts,’ Aranas said.

When one of their homeowners got infected, Aranas said they each contributed vegetables, fruits and foodstuff to him who thanked them for their concern. ‘We don’t want to make them feel discriminated so some of us also did errands for him so he stayed at home until he recovered,’ Aranas said. They also set up wash stations for members and visitors to clean their hands.

Both Estoque and Labrada said they also instituted measures to encourage members to stay at home with Estoque saying they conduct recorida (public address system) to remind them on a nearly basis. Aside from disinfection, Estoque said they advised members to report their concerns of potential COVID-19 cases directly to the officials for immediate response.

Labrada said their association set up one entrance and one exit points for both residents and visitors who are duly recorded and reminded on observing curfew hours. ‘These practices are proof that something is being achieved on the ground insofar as compliance to minimum health protocols at the barangay and community level is concerned,’ said Office of Community Affairs chief Oliver Egypto in Visayan.

‘Ang importante gyod is ang komunidad mosubay sa (What’s important is that the community follows through on their) compliance to minimum public health standards and that their compliance should be sustained and expanded. Homeowners groups are self-contained communities and we are reaching out to them since City Hall cannot wage war on COVID-19 alone,’ Egypto said. #AntiCOVID19 #COVID19WatchCDO #LGUCDOcampaign #Yourgovernmentatwork #Kaabag #Hapsay #CDOCityHallCollaboration #TheBiggerPictureForCDO #NagkahiusaBatokCOVID-19

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In an effort to strengthen its campaign, city's Disiplina Muna Advocacy Team has distributed information, education and communication campaign materials at San Juan I, Lapasan Socialized Homeowners Association in Barangay Lapasan.


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