THE Department of Health – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) continuously strengthens its health care system against the ongoing threat of Delta Variant cases in the region.
Dr. Eduardo C. Janairo, DOH regional director, said the regions response and referral was strengthened to ensure prompt and proper management of COVID cases.
“We have already established the ‘One Hospital Command Center’ in which we have linked health and medical services of our regional hospitals, particularly the Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital in Cavite and the Batangas Medical Center in Batangas. Kabilang rin sa network na ito ang ibang malalaking public hospitals sa probinsya ng Laguna, Quezon at Rizal upang magbigay ng kinakailangang health services sa ating kababayan lalo na sa mga positibo ng COVID virus. Kaya mayroon tayong well-coordinated response at referral system na syang namamahala sa ating mga Covid cases,” the regional director said.
“We initiated and established the Project Delta to prevent the immediate spread of the virus in high-risk communities,” he added.
Janairo also assured that COVID patients admitted in government health facilities in remote areas need not worry as they have been conducting telemedicine consultations since 2018.
“Marami ng health facilities na nalagyan ng telemedicine services sa iba’t-ibang malalayong probinsya and the most recent is the tele-ICU system placed at Quezon Medical Center in Lucena City, to monitor critical Covid patient in intensive care units which is also designed to protect health-care workers from possible infection due to less exposure,” he added.
As of Sept. 16, the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit recorded 406 Delta variants, with Laguna having the highest number of cases at 112 followed by Cavite with 99 cases, Rizal with 83, Batangas – 65, Quezon – 33 and Lucena City with 14 cases.
Most source of Delta infection comes from local transmission with 355 cases with the largest number also from Laguna with 102 cases followed by Cavite with 82 cases, Rizal – 78, Batangas – 52, Quezon – 28 and Lucena City with 13 cases.
A total of 51 Delta cases came from Returning Overseas Workers with Cavite topping the list with 17 cases followed by Batangas with 13, Rizal and Quezon with 5 cases each and Lucena City has one case.
Janairo said that the regional office continues to conduct mass antigen and RT-PCR testing to prevent transmission.
“Follow health protocols, for young children and senior citizens better stay indoors just to be safe and get vaccinated if you have not yet received your dose. It is better to have an additional protection than none at all,” he also reminded residents.