March 22, 2023

The city government is eyeing to replicate the “BantAI Covid” program of Quezon City which will monitor via short message service those who have been exposed to individuals who were positive of the Covid-19.

City Health Officer Rowena Galpo said the plan will be modified by the Management Information Technology Division to match the needs and situation of residents.

The system will be managed by the CHSO in collaboration with the MITD and the Baguio-Benguet Medical Society where a volunteer doctor, through digital technology platform, can communicate with Covid-19 patients who are on home isolation.

“This will allow the patients to interact with doctors and will serve as the monitoring platform for doctors to assist them virtually,” she said.

The measure is a welcome development for government doctors who are tasked not only in managing Covid cases but are also implementing other health programs, the Public Information Office reported.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong earlier approved the setting up of a free digital platform and encouraged its immediate operation, especially since many moderate cases are now permitted to go on home isolation as the city’s hospitals and temporary treatment facilities have reached full capacity.

“This innovative project is a perfect example of bayanihan at work,” Magalong said.

The CHSO monitors home-isolated patients through the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams. – PNA