Trace. Test. Isolate. Treat. These were among the strategies that Cebu City came up with in creating its own playbook in combating the dreadful coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Regional Director Leocadio Trovela of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG Region 7) commended the city government of Cebu and all local government units in the region for showing their creativity and innovations in dealing with the health crisis.
“For our region, it is but fitting to showcase the remarkable effort of Cebu City, under the leadership of Hon. Mayor Labella. The city has demonstrated remarkably yung efforts nila sa COVID-19. Now, Cebu and the whole of the Central Visayas are regarded nationwide na naging successful--at this stage at sana ma-sustain yung efforts natin in this pandemic,” Trovella said.
In a webinar organized by the DILG-7, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella shared the importance of trace, test, isolate and treat cycle among COVID-19 patients.
“Mass testing allows us to identify infected persons in our community; isolating them helps us stop the spread of the virus; we then treat them to help them recover; and we track who they’ve interacted with to also test them. And the cycle continues,” Labella said.
Said webinar was attended by officials and representatives from different LGUs in the region, DILG-7 division chiefs, provincial and city directors, DILG field officers, and personnel from the DILG regional office.
Other best practices shared by Cebu City is the allocation of P1 billion for COVID-19 relief and response efforts, purchase of PCR machines, rapid tests kits, and negative-pressure ambulances.
The city also took pride as the first LGU in the country to put up cluster clinics to conduct swab tests, establish quarantine facilities and barangay isolation clinics to isolate those asymptomatic and those with mild to moderate symptoms.
Meanwhile, DILG-7 regional focal person on contact tracing Atty. Gerlyn Mae Sayson presented an overview on how contact tracing works as it is seen effective in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.