In a bid to curb the rise in the number of novel corona virus disease (COVID-19) cases in Muntinlupa City, the local government is set to purchase testing kits through its Quick Response Fund and eyes to conduct mass testing of its city residents.
The Muntinlupa City Council approved a resolution allowing Mayor Jaime Fresnedi to procure Polymerase Chain Reaction machines and testing kits following the rise in confirmed cases and persons under monitoring and investigation in the city.
As of March 24, the Muntinlupa City Health Office recorded eight confirmed cases in Muntinlupa with 146 persons under monitoring and 72 patients under investigation.
Fresnedi said a more aggressive medical intervention is needed to effectively segregate, for quarantine purposes, the virus-stricken constituents of the city for appropriate medication and containment of the virus.
“Early detection of a COVID-19 infected person can deter the spread of the virus and the purchase of PCR machines and testing kits is critical in the determination of the medical assistance which must be administered to our constituents,” the chief local executive said.
While the City Government is willing to immediately purchase the testing kits to conduct a mass testing, Fresnedi said that the initiative is subject to the guidelines and regulatory standards of the Department of Health.
The Muntinlupa LGU has designated the Ospital ng Muntinlupa to house the testing area of the PCR machine upon the approval of DOH.
A field hospital has been constructed in Ospital ng Muntinlupa to treat patients with COVID-19 symptoms. Isolation areas in barangays are also in place for residents suspected to have contracted the virus for monitoring by the local health office.
Barangay health workers and physicians in barangay health centers are on high alert against sustained local transmission in the communities, while health personnel in the barangay daily monitors reported cases of persons under monitoring and patients under investigation.
The PUMs and PUIs in the communities are given vitamins and medicines, especially those with underlying conditions.
According to the Muntinlupa City Health Office, there are currently two city residents under the care of two community isolation areas in Barangay Tunasan and Sucat for monitoring.
For concerns related to community quarantine and COVID-19, Muntinlupa City residents may reach hotline nos. 0977-240-5217 or 0977-240-5218.