Hindi umano bibitiwan ng Department of Health (DOH) ang contact tracing efforts nito sa kabila ng pagbasura ng liderato ng Senado sa hiling na budget para sa hiring ng contact tracers ng COVID-19 cases.
Una nang sinabi ng ahensya na sa pamamagitan ng contact tracing ay agad na matutugunan ang pangangailangang isolation at treatment ng mga posibleng magpo-positibo dahil sa pagiging close contact.
“DOH through its Regional Offices will continue to coordinate with DILG which is the lead agency in the conduct of contact tracing activities to engage local government units and strategize how to mobilize more contact tracers.”
“DOH will also explore engaging more stakeholders to ensure the continuity of this strategy (e.g. add contact tracing functions to deployed human resource for health in LGUs, tap other sectors such as PNP, AFP to supplement health workers in contact tracing).”
Naglabas na ang Health department ng memorandum na naglalaman ng bagong guidelines sa contact tracing. Alinsunod daw ito sa memorandum circular na inilabas ng Department of Interior and Local Government.
“DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2020-062 which designates the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERTs) to help combat the spread of COVID-19 by managing at the barangay level. BHERT members are also tasked with the monitoring and reporting of PUIs within an LGU jurisdiction.”
“Hence, the barangay local government (LGUs) through its BHERTs shall after acting as the navigator during the contact tracing, monitor the health status of all close contacts. Further, LGUs may add barangay population volunteers to BHERTs. DOH through the Epidemiology Bureau will provide technical assistance for training of these contact tracing teams.”