In a bid to curb the rise in the number of novel corona virus disease (COVID-19) cases in Muntinlupa City, the local government is set to purchase testing kits through its Quick Response Fund and eyes to conduct mass testing of its city residents.
The Muntinlupa City Council approved a resolution allowing Mayor Jaime Fresnedi to procure Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines and testing kits following the rise in confirmed cases and persons under monitoring and investigation in the city.
As of March 24, the Muntinlupa City Health Office recorded eight confirmed cases in Muntinlupa with 146 persons under monitoring (PUM) and 72 patients under investigation (PUI).
Fresnedi said a more aggressive medical intervention is needed to effectively segregate, for quarantine purposes, the virus-stricken constituents of the city for appropriate medication and containing of the virus.
“Early detection of a COVID-19 infected person can deter the spread of the virus and the purchase of PCR machines and testing kits is critical in the determination of the medical assistance which must be administered to our constituents,” the local exec said.
While the City Government is eager to immediately purchase the testing kits to conduct a mass testing, Fresned added that the initiative is subject to the guidelines and regulatory standards of the Department of Health (DOH).
Muntinlupa LGU has designated Ospital ng Muntinlupa to house the testing area of the PCR machine upon the approval of DOH.
A field hospital has been constructed in Ospital ng Muntinlupa to treat patients with COVID-19 symptoms. Isolation areas in barangays are also in place for residents suspected to have contracted with the virus for monitoring by the local health office.
Barangay health workers and physicians in barangay health centers are on high alert against sustained local transmission in the communities. Health personnel in the barangay daily monitors reported cases of persons under monitoring and patients under investigation. PUMs and PUIs in the communities are given vitamins and medicines for those with underlying condition.
According to Muntinlupa City Health Office, there are currently two city residents under the care of two community isolation areas in Barangay Tunasan and Sucat for monitoring.
For concerns related to community quarantine and COVID-19, Muntinlupa City residents may reach hotline nos. 0977-240-5217 or 0977-240-5218.
The World Health Organization has declared the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic on March 11.
*Source: Public Information Office