December 10, 2022

LAMUT, Ifugao – Around 4,500 individuals in the province are expected to be swabbed during the aggressive community testing scheduled May 4 to 8, following the surge in Covid-19 cases this month.   

Provincial Health Officer Priscilla Pagada said the five-day community testing targets residents of municipalities with surging Covid-19 cases.

Lagawe and Lamut are allotted 1,000 slots each while Hingyon, Kiangan, Banaue, Alfonso Lista, and Asipulo are allotted 500 each.

The aggressive community testing will be conducted by the National Task Force Against Covid-19 and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority through the regional task force headed by Office of the Civil Defense-Cordillera Director Albert Mogol, in coordination with the concerned local government units.

This is part of the continuing efforts to curb the further spread of the Covid-19.

Pagada said 40 swabbers will be sent to Ifugao for the aggressive community testing using the RT-PCR.

The concerned LGUs are tasked to contact trace the individuals to be swabbed and prepare the venues and quarantine areas. 

Ifugao is classified under critical risk level. As of April 27, the province recorded 2,575 cases of which 1,089 are active; 1,465 recoveries; and 21 deaths.

The capital town of Lagawe listed the highest number of cases with 598, Lamut with 498 while Hingyon recorded 350; Kiangan, 307; Banaue, 220; Alfonso Lista, 182; Asipulo, 113; Tinoc, 105; and Aguinaldo, 76. – Marcelo B. Lihgawon