San Carlos City Mayor Renato Y. Gustilo personally appeal to residents of Brgy. Rizal especially those under house-care or bedridden individuals, yesterday, January 4, 2021 to cooperate in the local government’s effort in dealing with the Corona Virus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) by submitting themselves to COVID-19 swab testing.
Gustilo re-emphasized that those who are under house-care or are currently bedridden are the ones who are vulnerable or susceptible to the viral disease.
The mayor said that it is important to identify individuals who are COVID-19 positive so immediate health intervention will be made and further transmission will be avoided. He added that members of the households of said individuals will also be provided assistance and food packs while on quarantine.
Joe Recalex Alingasa Jr., Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer and COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Manager who was also present during the meeting also explained to said individuals the risks of ignoring government’s call or non-cooperation under Republic Act No. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act which include imprisonment and fines.
Gustilo was hopeful that since the right information was already conveyed to the local residents, they will now cooperate and submit themselves to the needed swab testing for their own welfare.
The EOC decided to have all bedridden individuals in every barangay undergo swab testing because of the rise of mortality from the said sector and who tested positive of COVID-19 during the post-mortem swab when they were allegedly not exposed to the COVID-19 elements.