CAMIGUIN (PIA)–“Two weeks ago, ang RHU [Rural Health Unit] nag-test so kami tanan, zero ra man. And then last week, nag-test ang Camiguin General Hospital, na’y lima and initially tulo then na’y niapas duha; asymptomatic, na’y with mild symptoms, pero gi-isolate diretso nila sa CGH.”
(Two weeks ago, the RHU was tested [on COVID-19] and all of us tested negative. Last week, personnel from Camiguin General Hospital were tested and there were five who tested positive. At first, there were three then another two personnel tested positive on COVID-19. All of them are asymptomatic, only with mild symptoms but they were immediately isolated by CGH)
Municipal Health Officer Dr. Lyndon Aclan said during the Alerto radio program, August 2, that noting the situation of their confirmed COVID-19 cases, the local government is urging locals to get vaccinated, including the booster shots, for those who are already eligible.
He also added that with the good vaccination turnout in the province, isolation and quarantine protocols are placed with ease. Thus, it will only take about seven days for the infected personnel to complete their quarantine.
Further strengthening the vaccination campaign, Aclan said they are conducting a mobile vaccination around the area noting that Mambajao only has 20% vaccination turnout for the first booster and only 70% for pediatric vaccination (5-18 years old).
The MHO also urged the parents of school-age children to protect the latter by availing the vaccines, especially with the opening of classes come August 22, 2022.
“Hinaut unta nga mintras wala pa nagsugod ang klase, magpabakuna na ang atong mga bata (I hope that prior to opening of classes, our children will be vaccinated already),” Aclan added.
As to the benefits of getting the booster shots, Aclan said these can aid in maintaining protection against COVID-19. He also assured that the booster shots are produced based on studies made internationally by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“There will come a time nga after pag-peak sa atong vaccination, muus-os na pud ang atong mga antibodies sa lawas katong IgG, IgM. Para ma-maintain nato nga at peak siya, at maximum ang atong protection, mag-booster gyud ta,” Aclan said.
(There will come a time that after the peak of our vaccination, there will be a decrease of our antibodies, the IgG, IgM. To maintain the effects of the vaccine, to maximize protection against COVID-19, we should get the booster shots)
As to support to the Department of Health’s National Vaccination Days, Aclan said the province has been recognized twice by the said department after marking more than 100% vaccinees from the province’s target population for the primary doses. (RTP/PIA-10/Camiguin)