Covid-19 teleconsultation, swabbing still accessible for Dabawenyos

Davao City’s free Covid-19 teleconsultations and swabbing services in Covid Cluster Clinics (CCC) are still accessible for Dabawenyos who will experience coronavirus disease symptoms.

Davao City Covid-19 Task Force Spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser in an interview on the Davao City Disaster Radio said that teleconsultation and free swabbing services are two of the Covid-19 services offered by the city government. Free swabbing is available at the CCC in Sta. Ana Health Center while the teleconsultation services will also start in the soon-to-be-completed CCC in Calinan and Ilang.

“Even if dili pa siya physically operational ang Covid Cluster Clinics [CCC Calinan and CCC Ilang] nato, we are already doing teleconsultation. We are utilizing the logistics of CCC 1 Santa Ana for the swabbing, quarantine, and isolation as well as contact tracing (Even if not physically operational our COVID-19 Cluster Clinics [Calinan and Ilang] are already doing teleconsultations. We are utilizing the logistics in Sta. Ana for the swabbing, quarantine, and isolation as well as contact tracing),” she said.

She added that the city’s swabbing centers and molecular laboratories remain functional – the Los Amigos Molecular Laboratory, Davao International Airport (DIA), Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Molecular Laboratory, and the Brokenshire Molecular Laboratory.

“It is all operational. Wala ta’y gi-undang na strategy wala ta’y gi-stop na operations (It is all operational. We did not stop any strategy, we did not stop operations), especially for swabbing, contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation because these are all strategies under Prevention, Detection, Isolation, Treatment, and Reintegration Plus (PDITR Plus),” she said.

Schlosser added that while the expanded contact tracing using the DQR has been stopped they have continued the traditional contact tracing wherein the close contacts of the Covid-19 positive are required for swabbing. Quarantine and house quarantine are also required.

Meanwhile, Schlosser bared that on May 18, 2022, alone, two were positive for Covid-19 out of the 521 swabbed for Sars, CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease.

COVID-19 Task Force continues to remind the public to practice the wearing of face masks and avail first series and second series of anti-COVID-19 vaccination as an added layer of protection against the Covid-19 transmission. CIO