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COVID-19 cases in Ecija down; town registers zero active case for 4 days

December 16, 2021 Steve A. Gosuico 288 views

SAN ANTONIO, Nueva Ecija – COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Nueva Ecija as this town recorded zero active COVID-19 cases for four consecutive days since Dec. 12.

On Wednesday, Mayor Arvin C. Salonga said the dip in COVID-19 cases especially in his town could be attributed to the effectiveness of the intensified vaccination program called “Resbakuna, Kasangga ng Bida” that is currently being implemented by the government.

“Zero ang COVID cases natin, no active cases sa loob ng apat na raw since December 12. Masasabi ko na effective ang bakunahan program natin dito,” Salonga said, adding that he is already looking forward and feeling positive about the upcoming third dose vax drive starting on January next year.

The two-termer mayor, who survived COVID-19 in May this year, said he and members of the town council led by Vice Mayor Julie E. Maxwell are also conducting house-to-house info-vaccine drives in barangays to encourage more people, especially the senior citizens for them to get inoculated at once for their protection against the virus.

“Kaya kami na mismo ang nag-babahay-bahay para kumbinsihin ang ating mamamayan na magbakuna, pati ang ating mga senior citizen na nasa halos 50 percent ay takot lumabas dahil ang iba sa kanila ay may comorbidities,” said Salonga.

Through this house-to-house drives, Salonga said they are able to download the correct number of persons per house that needed vaccination to the local health office which in turn will respond by sending their teams to the area concerned for the scheduling of their inoculation in the same barangay.

“House-to-house tayo every 4 a.m. onwards at may kasama lagi tayong mobile lugaw-feeding station. Nililigawan natin sila na magpabakuna, lalo na ang mga seniors. Kasi natatakot sila magpabakuna, baka daw sila mamatay. Kaya binibigyan natin sila ng pambili ng gamot at vitamins para sila makumbinsi na ang bakuna ay proteksyon nila laban sa sakit,” added Salonga.

During the first round of the three-day National COVID Vaccination Drive held Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, a total of 5,635 individuals were vaccinated. A Dec. 3 update showed that 30,850 had been vaxed for the first dose and some 18,770 for second dose.

Salonga said the municipal government is targeting to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the almost 90,000 persons to be able to reach herd immunity by next year.

As of Dec. 8, the Nueva Ecija Inter-Agency Task Force reported a downward trend in the number of COVID-19 cases in the province. It reported 77 total active cases, 27 total admitted cases, 13 confined in quarantine facility and 37 in home quarantine.