THE government is thinking about tapping the Philippine National Authorities (PNP) as contact tracers, Malacañang stated on Wednesday, as it moves to increase its efforts versus the coronavirus illness 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
Palace spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. stated the government would be scaling up the contact tracing strategy in Baguio City, where regional policemen have actually been tapped as contact tracers.
” We need them as soon as possible however gaining from the experience of Baguio, Mayor (Benjamin) Magalong did not have to hire extra personnel. He’s utilizing the PNP for contact tracing, which is something that we will also carry out here,” Roque said during an interview with CNN Philippines.
” The PNP management has signified their conforme to this and they are in the process of training the policeman that will serve as contact tracers,” he included.
In embracing Magalong’s plan, Roque stated the cops would be utilized for contact tracing, while, “the city government units can employ and spend for extra contact tracers up to 150,000 of them.”
” The authorities due to the fact that they are already employed by the federal government can be tapped to do the very same chore without additional remuneration,” he said.
The Department of Health (DoH) said that it would require as lots of as 150,000 contact tracers to make the process more thorough and extensive.
Just Recently, President Rodrigo Duterte approved the Cabinet’s suggestion to restore Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Rizal and Cavite under customized enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) status from August 4 to 18 to restrict the spread of the coronavirus infections.
The transfer to put essential areas under MECQ came after medical frontliners’ distress call to carry out stricter quarantine procedures to jail the fast spread of the coronavirus and unburden the overwhelmed healthcare facilities.
The Philippines went past 112,000 in coronavirus cases since Tuesday. These include 2,115 deaths and 66,049 recoveries.