INTER-AGENCY Task Force (IATF) Visayas chief implementer Mel Feliciano, who oversees the Bacolod Emergency Operations Center Task Force (EOC-TF), urged pregnant women to strictly follow the prescribed minimum health protocols in Bacolod City.
EOC-TF records showed from September 23 to October 26, of 517 pregnant women in Bacolod City, 43 of them yielded positive results after undergoing swab tests, which translates into an 8.32-percent positivity rate.
Feliciano, in a statement, said the EOC-TF has yet to particularly identify the source of the coronavirus infection among pregnant women, but it may be through household transmission or exposure during commute or travel.
He said based on the report, the husbands of most of these women (positive indices) were found to be negative for coronavirus.
"The EOC will look at the process on how prenatal is conducted by different health centers, which may possibly cause the infection," Feliciano added.
On October 28, the EOC convened the nurses and midwives of the 27 barangay health stations in Bacolod City to join its daily huddle to assess if correct protocols are being observed inside their respective clinics.
The EOC will also look into the process of how prenatal is conducted by different health centers, which might have caused the infection among pregnant women.