LINGAYEN, Pangasinan: Active cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) will continue to drop next month or before the end of this year after the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) confirmed that the number has been reduced by 55 percent, according to Gov. Amado Espino 3rd.

“This [reduction] is a collaborative effort from the barangay (village) down to the provincial level. This is also because of the cooperation of the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force and we have good communication down the line. This is the reason why the strategies that we were conducting helped in the lowering of active cases in Pangasinan,” Espino explained to The Manila Times over the weekend.

Gov. Amado Espino 3rd - Covid-19 cases down by 55% in Pangasinan
Gov. Amado Espino 3rd. FB Photo

The good news was shared by PDRRMO chief Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro during the online Sangguniang Panlalawigan regular session’s question hour recently.

He said the active cases decreased by at least 55 percent from mid-September’s 450 cases to the 236 at present.

Oro added that the provincial government follows the FIT3 — Find, Isolate, Test, Trace and Treat — approach to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Pangasinan.

Under this approach, all local government units (LGUs) set up isolation and quarantine facilities, which can house about 1,200 patients and which complement those run by government hospitals in the province.

Similar facilities were earlier inaugurated by the provincial government including the Pangasinan Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory and a blood bank located at the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital and the Provincial Ligtas Covid-19 centers and halfway house in Burgos and Sta. Barbara towns.

Oro said 809 contact tracers hired by the Department of the Interior and Local Government are working with the LGUs to facilitate contact-tracing in the province that will prioritize “high-risk individuals in the swab testing.”

For the reintegration of those who recover from the disease, the provincial government continues to hold a Big Pangasinan Karaban, the governor’s flagship socio-economic recovery program, and to incorporate into the program mental health concerns arising from Covid-19.

Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has commended the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office headed by Director Redrico Maranan for its strict manning of 18 border control points and 169 quarantine control points in keeping with issuances of the inter-agency task force.

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