Muntinlupa praised for Covid-19 response


POSTING the highest recovery rate of Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila, the Department of Health (DoH) and World Health Organization (WHO) have praised Muntinlupa City’s strategies in curbing the spread of the virus in the communities.

Delegates from said agencies led by DoH Regional Director Dr. Corazon Flores visited Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi for a courtesy visit on May 21 to commend the local exec’s leadership and response to the pandemic.

Flores cited the local government’s efforts in contact tracing, strong coordination with public and private hospitals for management of Covid-19 patients, weekly meetings with barangay leaders and active barangay health emergency response system.

DoH and WHO executives led by DoH Regional Director Dr. Corazon Flores pay Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi a courtesy visit and cited the latter’s leadership and response to the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo from Manila Times)

She also lauded the city’s swabbing process with a drive-thru feature, installation up of a testing lab and construction of additional isolation rooms in Ospital ng Muntinlupa.

Also attending the meeting were DoH Assistant Regional Director Dr. Paz Corrales and Epidemiologist Dr. Manuel Mapue, WHO technical officers Dr. Juhani Capeding and Dr. Rodel Nodora, and Muntinlupa City Health Officer Dr. Teresa Tuliao.

The executives also visited the 108-bed quarantine facility at the Filinvest Tent “We Heal As One Center” in Alabang, which was formally turned over to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) on May 13.

Muntinlupa recorded the highest recovery rate in Metro Manila at 68.93 percent as of May 24 with transmission slowing down with a doubling time of nine days. Doubling time refers to the number of days for local coronavirus cases to double in number. The standard rate of transmission should be at seven to 30 days to be considered decelerating.

The local government has also implemented a holistic approach in treating Covid-19 patients and suspect individuals by providing psychosocial, spiritual, and support care on top of medical assistance. Recovered patients are continuously monitored by CHO and are given vitamins and other supplies.

Fresnedi reminded residents that they should continue to observe physical distancing and wear masks when going out of their homes so as not to squander the gains made by the city in its fight against the virus.

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