73 percent of Baguio Covid-19 cases come from economic sector

15 September 2021 – City health authorities disclosed that at least 73 percent of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID) 2019 cases in the city come from the economic sector or the working class which warrants the need for the members of the said sector to be vaccinated.

Dr. Donabel Tubera-Panes of the City Health Services Office (CHSO) and head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU), reported that of the existing number of COVID-19 cases in the city, 13,578, or 73 percent of the city’s cases,  belong to the 20-59 years old category, 2,542 (13 percent) belong to the 0-19 years old category and 2,428 belong to the 60 years old and above category.

She pointed out that the city can significantly reduce the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic if people are prepared at the personal, family and community levels thereby avoiding the possible surge in the number of cases and prevent the local health system from being compromised and the frontliners from being unduly stressed.

However, she reported there has also been a significant decline in the number of deaths among the elderly since the local government rolled out the vaccination several months ago.

The medical officer asserted the importance of people being vaccinated to prevent them from contracting the severe infection or suffering more serious effects that would cause their hospitalization and untimely demise.

On the other hand, the CHSO-CESU head identified the top 20 barangays in the city with the highest number of COVID-19 cases based on the data gathered over the past four weeks which are barangays Irisan, Camp 7, Bakakeng Central, Asin road, Bakakeng Norte, Pacdal, Gibraltar, San Vicente, Fort del Pilar, Loakan Proper, San Luis Village, Cresensia Village, Kias, St. Joseph Village, Honeymoon-Holy Ghost, BGH Compound, Cabinet Hill-Teachers Camp, New Lucban, Fairview Village and ABCR.

Tubera reminded the residents not to hesitate to undergo medical checkup right on the first day of the onset of symptoms of the virus so that their condition could be properly evaluated and assessed by their physicians for them to be provided with the appropriate treatment and prescribed with the right medication.

According to her, the problem with most of the COVID-19 patients is that they only sought medical attention when the symptoms were already moderate thus losing time for their hasty recovery and causing more exposure to others.

With the ongoing threat of the continuous surge in COVID-19 cases in the city triggered by the dominant and more infectious Delta variant, she stipulated that when one member of a family will test positive of the deadly virus, then all members of the household will be considered as potential cases and will be required to undergo the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR test.

She urged the residents not to take for granted the symptoms of the virus they may be experiencing and for them to immediately visit their physicians and avoid self-medication to prevent their situation from worsening. – Dexter A. See