By Rey Anthony Chiu | 05:48 PM July 02, 2022
While Bohol remains to be nailed at Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) Alert Level 2, 14 of its towns and Tagbilaran City have shown dedication and commitment to keep their constituents safe from the fatal viral disease, by getting deescalated to Covid Alert Level 1.
In the recent Inter Agency Task Force on the management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (like Covid) Resolution No 168-G series of 2022, it approved the recommendation of the Sub-Technical Working Group for Data Analytics by placing 15 of Bohol’s 48 towns and city under Alert Level 2, effective June 15 to June 30.
Placed under Covid Alert Level 1 are the City of Tagbilaran and Batuan, Calape, Corella, Dimiao, Duero, Garcia Hernandez, Jagna, Lila, Loay, Loboc, San Isidro, San Miguel, Sevilla and Sikatuna.
In his visit to Bohol a few months before the elections, Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque and the members of the Coordinated Operations to Defeat the Epidemic (CODE) Team explained that a de-escalation of the Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 1 is possible if a local government meets the parameters needed for a downgrading.
The IATF and the CODE Team said the parameters include a vaccination accomplishment of 80% of the senior citizens, which significantly hits way past 70% of the general population eligible for vaccination, a well- managed local transmission evidenced by low numbers and low hospital bed utilization.
Bohol officials, during the visit have aspired for the IATF to finally downgrade Bohol’s Alert Level Two to Alert Level 1, for the local economic to pick up and possibly rebound.
At that time too, Bohol was vaccinating slowly it had hardly moved from the 60% vaccination rollout accomplishment.
With getting a general alert level downgrade for Bohol nearly impossible then, local government units picked on the challenge and 15 delivered strongly.
Leading the pack is Tagbilaran City with over a hundred percent vaccination accomplishment considering that it also helped the towns by vaccinating outside-the-city-residents who come to the city for work.
City Mayor John Geesnell Yap has said he is making sure that those who are working in the city are well protected for these people could bring in the disease if they are not vaccinated.
To date, 14 towns have followed Tagbilaran in hiking up their vaccination coverage enough to convince the Sub Technical Working Group on Data Analytics of their high vaccination coverage.
According to the Emergency Operations Center of the Bohol Inter Agency task Force on the management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Bohol has apparently managed the disease control in the past months since the meeting with the CODE Team.
Hospital bed occupancy has also been lowered all throughout Bohol.
The only remaining hitch for Bohol to get a down grade in Alert level is vaccination coverage. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)