March 5, 2024

The City Health Services Office is coordinating with key sectors in Baguio, particularly the Korean community and schools catering to foreign students as part of the local government’s ongoing drive against transmission of the coronavirus disease-2019 (Covid-19.)
Dr. Donnabel Tubera-Panes, City Health Services Office medical officer, said the city health team has been meeting with administrations of different English language schools in the city to conduct information campaigns on infection control measures within their respective premises.
They were also scheduled to meet with representatives of the Korean community in the city to keep track of students traveling from infected areas in South Korea, where the number of the Covid-2019 cases surged past 6,000 last week.
They have also coordinated with the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education to assist in spreading control measures among the students to prevent local transmission, which the country was able to sustain since the new coronavirus global outbreak; with BPO companies; as well as with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration since it is where overseas Filipino workers first coordinate for interventions upon returning from the Covid-2019 affected countries.
Panes said they have also touched base with various hotel and inn operators to alert them on the Covid-2019 situation and to give guidance on what to do in case there are guests who would be showing signs of the disease.
She said so far they have not monitored cancellations of events and conventions earlier scheduled in the city. However, for conventions and other crowd-drawing events, the CHSO has required organizers to use infection control measures such as the use of infrared and non-contact thermometers and strict practice of hand hygiene, among others.
All 128 barangay health emergency response teams remain functional since they were reactivated a month ago.
The city had 12 persons under investigation for the Covid-19 symptoms, seven of them are residents who tested negative of the disease and are no longer under quarantine. – Hanna C. Lacsamana