QC adds beds in Hope facilities amid rise of COVID-19 cases among children

Maris Federez   •   August 13, 2021   •   419

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Quezon City government has expanded its Hope community care facilities to accommodate more children who tested positive for COVID-19 as well as their families or guardian.

Quezon City Health Department chief Dr. Esperanza Arias said the local government recently procured additional beds, oxygen tanks, and medicines for all the city’s 11 COVID-19 facilities.

Arias said the city is adding “family rooms” across all Hope facilities. This is to accommodate more COVID-positive children as well as their families who may also be COVID positive or their guardians who will look after them.

“We’re adding more family rooms to avoid children being separated from their families. We want to provide optimum care and take into account the psychological wellbeing of these children as well,” said Arias, noting that only Hope 3 and 6 had family rooms in the past.

Meanwhile, the QC government is recruiting more staff as the opening of three more Hope facilities is underway.

Data from the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) showed that nine percent or 318 of COVID-19 cases recorded between August 1 and 7 were children aged 17 and below.

Five percent or 169 are aged 0 to 11, while four percent or 149 come from the 12 to 17-year age group.

The report also said that the total number of cases during this period is 293 percent higher than that of the July 1 to 7 data with 81 recorded positive cases.

“One factor that causes these infections among children could be the improper way by which COVID-positive adults quarantine themselves. There are those who stay at home and do not self-report to CESU,” said CESU Chief Dr. Rolando Cruz.

The local government has recently issued guidelines that strictly prohibit home quarantine for confirmed COVID-19 cases and symptomatic close-contacts.

The guidelines stipulated that these cases must be transferred to the city’s hospitals, Hope community caring facilities, barangay isolation facilities, or national government-accredited isolation hotels.

“We’re continuously ramping up our contact tracing efforts so every household will be safe, especially young children who are not yet able to follow minimum health protocols on their own,” Cruz said.

“But ultimately, we need everyone’s cooperation. We are appealing to anyone who is experiencing symptoms to please inform CESU immediately,” he added.

CESU can be reached through its official Facebook page and QC Contact Tracing hotlines 8703-2759, 8703-4398, 0916-122-8628, 0908-639-8086, and 0931-095-7737.

Public urged to be more responsible when visiting leisure areas amid pandemic

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reiterated its call on the public to be more responsible when visiting public and leisure areas amid the enforcement of COVID-19 Alert Level 3 in Metro Manila.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar made the appeal following reports of individuals ignoring public health protocols while visiting the Manila Bay Dolomite Beach.

“Paulit-ulit ang ating paalala sa publiko na mahigpit na sumunod sa minimum health standards lalo na kung nasa pampublikong lugar o pasyalan gaya ng Dolomite Beach,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Nauunawaan ko ang kagustuhan ng ating mga kababayan na makalabas ng kanilang mga tahanan, subalit kung hindi tayo mag-iingat ay hindi malabong tumaas na naman ang kaso ng COVID-19 at mapilitan na naman ang gobyerno na maghigpit sa mga protocols,” he added.

The PNP chief said he has tasked concerned police offices and units to deply enough personnel to public areas to help the marshals in implementing safety standards and controlling the crowd.

“Inatasan ko na ang ating unit commanders na siguraduhin na sapat ang bilang ng ating kapulisan sa mga pampublikong lugar upang matiyak ang pagsunod sa minimum public health safety na siya din namang ipinapakiusap sa ating ng Department of Health,” Eleazar said.

He, however, reminded police officers to observe maximum tolerance, especially to those who will be caught violating the protocols.

The national government downgraded Metro Manila’s alert status to Level 3 amid the decrease in COVID-19 infections. This will be in effect until the end of October.

Under Alert Level 3, several establishments are allowed to operate at 30% indoor venue capacity only for fully vaccinated individuals, and 50% outdoor venue capacity, provided that all employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Delta Plus sub-variant na nasa 27 bansa, 10% umanong mas nakakahawa kaysa original variant ayon sa ilang eksperto

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – Mahigpit ngayong binabantayan ng health experts ang bagong klase ng Delta variant na AY.4.2 o ang tinatawag na Delta Plus.

Naitala ang variant na ito sa 27 bansa, kabilang na ang United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, United Kingdom, Romania, Poland, Ireland, Denmark, at ilang bahagi ng Western Europe.

Hindi pa kasama sa ngayon ang Delta Plus sub-variant sa listahan ng variant of concern o variant of interest ng World Health Organization (WHO).

Pero babala ng mga eksperto, malaki ang posibilidad na mas nakakahawa ito kaysa sa orihinal na Delta variant dahil mayroon itong dalawang mutations sa spike genome.

Ibig sabihin, branch na ng Delta variant ang Delta Plus sub-variant at dalawang beses pa itong nag-mutate.

Sinasabing ang Delta Plus sub-variant ang isa sa mga dahilan ng muling pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa United Kingdom.

Sa ulat ng United Kingdom Health Security Agency, nakita ang lumalawak na kaso ng Delta Plus sub-variant sa England.

Sinasabi rin ng mga eksperto roon na 10 porsiyento itong mas nakakahawa kumpara sa parent variant nito na Delta variant (B.1.617.2).

Upang mapigilan ang posibleng pagpasok ng naturang sub-variant sa Pilipinas, sinabi ng mga otoridad na kailangan pang paigtingin ang border control.

Kailangan rin anilang matiyak na tuluyan nang mapuputol ang hawaan ng Delta variant sa bansa dahil lalong nagmu-mutate ang virus kapag patuloy na dumadami ang nahahawa nito.

Quezon City allows minors to visit Quezon Memorial Circle

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2021

Minors aged 17 and below are now allowed to go to Quezon Memorial Circle, the Quezon City government said.

In an advisory, the city government said that minors will now be allowed to take a stroll in the park provided that they are accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times.

It, however, said that the park will only accommodate up to 30 percent of its capacity.

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) earlier said that the intrazonal and interzonal travel of minors is now allowed as long as they are accompanied by adults.

The easing of travel restrictions for minors follows the government’s move to place Metro Manila under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 from October 16 to 31.

Under Alert Level 3, more establishments have been allowed to resume operations at 30 percent capacity for fully vaccinated individuals, and 50 percent outdoor capacity, provided that all employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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