REGIONAL-NEWS

Baguio shares COVID-19 best practice on contact tracing to other LGUs

May 6, 2020

Local government units (LGUs) need not grope in the dark in conducting contact tracing in the fight against the 2019 coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

They have much to learn from Baguio City whose best practice was featured in the 9th Online Talakayan Series dubbed L!STONG UGNAYAN produced by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), through its Local Government Academy (LGA) held last April 22, 2020.

The online interfacing aired via live stream over the LGA website discussed pioneering ways to fight Covid-19 particularly on the contact tracing and detection experiences in the City of Baguio.

As a resource person, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong shared the basic principles they have been applying in doing contact tracing -- a seamless collaboration between law enforcement, investigators, and health authorities.

He said that mass testing is critical to contact tracing and cognitive interviewing skill is the key to efficient collection of information while the use of technology as analytical tool is indispensable in tracing probable and suspects.

Mayor Magalong underscored the importance of organizing the LGU contact tracing team (CTT) during the detection phase. He said that to create harmonized initiatives, the 4Cs must also be observed which stands for collaboration, coordination, cooperation, and communication.

“Every second counts. Early detection is key to prevention,” added Mayor Magalong.