February 23, 2024

Volunteer health practitioners using the city’s Bantay Covid-19 free telemedicine platform have not attended to calls from March 22 to 28 since there were zero home isolated patients in the city due to the Covid-19 during the period.
This was revealed by City Health Services Officer Rowena Galpo during the regular management committee meeting of local officials last week.
The city was under alert level 1 until March 31 due to the rapid decrease in active Covid-19 cases.
Galpo said calls made using the platform from Jan. 24 to March 28 was at 2,092 and the number of registered users for the same period was 153.
The number of home isolated patients peaked at 2,298 on Jan. 31 and the previous low was two patients tallied on March 21.
Based on a Quezon City model, the digital platform was modified to fit the needs of Baguio’s residents and spearheaded by the CHSO in collaboration with the City Mayor’s Office’s Management Information and Technology Division and the Baguio-Benguet Medical Society.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the system allows those who are under home quarantine to interact with health professionals. It also acts as a monitoring device that checks on their progress and gathers appropriate data. – Gaby B. Keith