Taguig 2nd District Rep. Lani Cayetano on Wednesday urged the national government and the local governments to be proactive against the new COVID-19 variant Omicron amid the surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.
“Sa panahong ito, kailangan talaga ng ating mga lokal na pamahalaan, hanggang sa nasyonal, ay maging proactive at hindi maging reactive sa pagtugon. Dapat lagi tayong one step ahead,” Rep. Cayetano said in a media interview on January 12, 2022.
(In these times, our local governments all the way up to the national government must be proactive and not reactive in responding. We have to always be one step ahead.)
“Pagdating sa ating health sector, kailangan malasakitan natin dahil pagod na rin y’ung ating mga medical and non-medical frontliners,” she added.
(When it comes to the health sector, we have to show our concern because our medical and non-medical frontliners are also tired.)
Rep. Cayetano cited a number of COVID-19 efforts currently being conducted in Taguig City, including the provision of free RT-PCR tests to residents who are showing COVID-19 symptoms and the provision of isolation facilities, medicines, and food for those who test positive.
The city government also closely monitors and supports patients who opt to do home quarantine.
She also highlighted the provision of booster shots at the city’s vaccination venues that are open up to midnight and the continuous contact tracing and coordination with the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Rep. Cayetano also urged the public to get vaccinated as 85 percent of the patients admitted to Taguig City’s intensive care units (ICUs) have been found to be unvaccinated.
This as the Department of Health recorded 17,220 new COVID-19 cases on January 6, 2022 — the highest since September 27, 2021. The country’s positivity rate also hit a record high of 36.9 percent.
“Ang tama sa kanila ay severe dahil hindi sila bakunado. Kaya kung ang vaccine [ay] available na sa inyong mga lokalidad, kung pwede, kuha na agad ng vaccine. Importante na mabukanahan na tayo,” Rep. Cayetano said.
(The effects on them were severe because they were unvaccinated. So if the vaccine is available in your community, if possible, let us avail the vaccine immediately. It is important that we get vaccinated.)