Garcia: 85% of Covid-19 problem avoided with face mask, social distancing
Bataan Governor Albert Garcia on Tuesday laid down interventions that he said had helped in the province’s fight against coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
During the visit of the National Task Force Against COVID-19 and Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic, the governor said the overall situation of the province “is much better now as infection rate continues to decline,” according to a Philippine Information Agency (PIA) report.
“From a high of 1,000 plus active cases in the province, with majority of cases in Mariveles town, we now only have a little over 300 active cases,” Garcia was quoted as saying.
“Hopefully, with the combined efforts of the national, provincial, municipal, down to the barangay level, and of course, with the participation of our constituents, we will continue to beat COVID and generate more jobs in the province,” the governor said.
But he said the province is implementing some interventions that will aid them in moving forward towards the new normal.
Among these, the governor said, is the province’s effort on effective risk communication in order to capacitate individuals and households with information that will help protect themselves.
“Around 85 percent of the problem can be avoided if we just follow the very basic health protocols such as wearing of facemask and face shield, disinfection, and social distancing,” Garcia said.
“This is what we try to communicate to the people through their barangay officials and through the use of social media,” he said.
Aside from behavior change, the province is also set to expand its testing and isolation capabilities as part of its response efforts.
Garcia said the local government is set to open a second Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Laboratory at the Mariveles District Hospital.
“This is very important because as we move towards the new normal, there is still a delicate balance. For us to be able to quickly test, contact trace, isolate, and treat, it is important that we have our own RT-PCR lab here in our industrial town of Mariveles. This is part of redundancy and good measure,” he said.
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