Editorial: Improving gains and sustaining it

AFTER around three months of having around a hundred cases per day, Davao City is now seeing the gains of its efforts as the Covid-19 situation in the city has been improving.

Davao City Health Office (CHO) Acting Head Dr. Ashley Lopez said beginning February 3, they have observed that active and new Covid-19 cases in the city have been decreasing.

He also noted that the city's recovery rate is also improving. As of February 25, the city's total recoveries are at 11,519, which accounts for 88.61 percent of the city's total Covid-19 cases of 12,999. Active cases are at 852 while total deaths are at 628.

With the decrease in Covid-19 active cases, CHO also recorded a decrease in the occupancy rate at the temporary treatment and monitoring facilities (TTMFs). This has allowed the city to temporarily suspend the operations of some of its TTMFs like the hotel for paying patients.

This is some good news regarding the Covid-19 response in the city. This progress can be attributed to the city's improvements in its capacity and capability when it comes to trace, test, and treat. The national government through the National Task Force against Covid-19 and the Department of Health has also provided assistance through the provision of medical equipment and materials and the deployment of healthcare workers. The city also launched the Safe Davao QR to improve its contact tracing capabilities.

We could also attribute the improvement of the Covid-19 situation in the city to most Dabawenyos following and complying with the minimum health protocols -- wearing of face mask, observing social distancing, and regular washing of hands with soap and water.

The improvements can be a factor in the city shifting to a more relaxed quarantine status. However, Lopez said earlier that it is still too early to tell if the city is really ready to shift to a modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). Nonetheless, Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio said the city is now better prepared to handle the impacts of the MGCQ after its experience last year.

To be able to sustain the gains and sustain it, it is crucial for the city government and local health officials to continue to improve on its capabilities and capacities when it comes to trace, test, and treat.

Likewise, since the Covid-19 management is something all sectors should work on, the public and local businesses must also continue to adhere to the minimum health protocols set by the local and national authorities.

At the end of the day, the Dabawenyos, businesses, and the government must work together in sustaining the gains and managing the Covid-19 situation in the city.


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