DOH lauded for regional Covid-19 response

DESPITE undergoing problems on how to effectively manage the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the Cordillera, the Regional Development Council (RDC) still believes in the capability and capacity of the Department of Health (DOH) regional office.

Milagros Rimando, RDC vice-chairman and National Economic Development Authority (Neda) regional Director, said compared to other regions in the country, Cordillera has one of the lowest Covid-19 cases.

"In terms of incidence of Covid cases, we have little compared to the national even our recovery is very high compared to the Philippine data at 32 percent while the death rate is one percent. We should credit the DOH, the local government units and the different agencies that make up the Regional Interagency Task Force," Rimando said.

For areas of improvement, Rimando recommended further information dissemination is needed to help prevent the further spread of the virus.

"In terms of assessing, informing on a scale of 1 to 10, probably we have to improve more on information because they got so busy and the limited manpower of DOH, they focused on responding so we had to rely to the barangay captains and I think it's really a concerted effort. There were just too many constraints for DOH," Rimando added.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Cordillera Director Marlo Iringan said with the different interventions, the region can lessen the number of infections.

"I think and I believe the lockdown that we have implemented last March 17 have helped a lot in limiting the number of infections in the country," Iringan said.

Iringan said different local government units in the region should now come up with plans which are dynamic and responsive.


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