June 21, 2024

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The conduct of medical and dental mission in the province may resume soon following the drop of Covid-19 cases, placing the province at minimal epidemic risk level.
The Provincial Health Board (PHB) agreed to lift the ban on the conduct of medical and dental mission it imposed earlier due to increasing Covid-19 cases.
However, Provincial Health Officer II Annie Claire B. Pekas advised that if medical missions resume, there should be limited participants to avoid possible transmission of the virus that causes the Covid-19.
Lily Anne N. Safilo, disease surveillance officer of the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit, reported decrease in the number of Covid-19 cases in the province in the past weeks. 
From Feb. 16 to March 1, there were 42 cases recorded.  
The improved situation puts the province under minimal epidemic risk level.
The province is still under quarantine alert level 2 from March 1 to 15.
Nurse III Febbylaine Maynga P. Fillag of the Provincial Health Office, reported that as of March 3, the province has a vaccination coverage of 52.85 percent or 83,415 individuals out of the 157,820 total target population.
There are 90,291 individuals who got their first dose while 12,288 had their booster shot.
Bontoc leads in vaccination coverage with 69.11 percent, followed by Sagada with 56.44 percent.
More than 67,000 of the target population are still to be vaccinated.
Health and local officials continue to encourage eligible population to get vaccinated. – Valerie Taguba