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Thursday, December 09, 2021

Vaccines ‘effective’ in lowering Covid-19 cases in Tacurong

THE efficient and aggressive vaccination program in Tacurong City has helped in the lowering of Covid-19 cases in the city for the last two weeks, its local chief executive said on Monday, October 18.

In a Network Briefing News interview with Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Monday, Mayor Lino Montilla said that one of the reasons for the containment of the Covid-19 situation in Tacurong in the last 14 days was the intensified vaccination program in all age groups.

"Ang Covid-19 cases po natin ay going down. As of October 1, ay nasa 93 po ang active cases po, but as of yesterday, October 17, bumaba na po sa 31 ang active cases po natin (Our COVID-19 cases are going down. As of October 1, there are 93 active cases, but as of yesterday, October 17, our active cases have dropped to 31)," Montilla said.

He said the national government has been actively allocating Covid-19 vaccines for the people of Tacurong City.

"Dahil na rin po ito siguro na dumarami na po iyong mga vaccine na dumadating po dito sa atin sa Lungsod ng Tacurong at in-intensify natin iyong [information dissemination] campaign po natin (This is probably because the number of vaccines being given to us in Tacurong City is increasing and we have intensified our [information dissemination] campaign)," he said.

The City Health Office formed two vaccination teams stationed in the central vaccination hub in Poblacion, while the other group was assigned to vaccinate senior citizens in far-flung areas.

"In-intensify natin iyong vaccination drive natin para na rin bumaba ang Covid-19 cases natin. Mayroon din tayong mobile vaccination program para mailapit natin ito sa ating mga tao (We have intensified our vaccination drive so that our Covid-19 cases will also go down. We also have a mobile vaccination program so we can bring it closer to our people)," Montilla added.

The Department of Health also established a quarantine and isolation facility in Tacurong while the construction of another isolation facility funded by the Office of Civil Defense is still ongoing, said Montilla.

Both agencies released P10-million funds for these quarantine facilities.

The City Government also constructed two isolation facilities and plans to establish the People's Dialysis and Diagnostic Center dedicated to giving free access to quality health care.

Enabling the capacity of the city to receive more Covid-19 vaccines, Montilla said they procured two sub-zero freezers worth P1.183 million for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines last August 17, 2021.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has placed Tacurong City under modified general community quarantine since October 16 until 31. (PR)


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