The Pangasinan Provincial Board conducted a question hour on the situation of COVID-19 Delta Variant in the province during its physical session on August 2 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center II.
In the question hour, Board Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario who chairs the committee on health, stated that we must not let our guard down despite the pro-active measures being conducted against COVID-19 by the Provincial Inter Agency Task Force (IATF).
Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Officer (PDRRMO) Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro, one of the invited guests, stated that there has been no reported positive case of the variant yet in the province.
In stating this, Col. Oro disclosed that in the last meeting of the provincial IATF, Governor Amado I. Espino III made an instruction to intensify of information drive regarding the new strain of variant to educate the public down to the barangay.
As such, Col. Oro stressed that the governor also instructed the provincial IATF to continue urging the people to strictly follow health protocols to prevent community transmission and also to strictly man border checkpoints so as to prevent the possible entry of virus carrier.
On S-PaSS update, Col Oro noted that as of July 31, a total of 53,520 travel coordination permits were scanned.
According to him, there were 94,583 individuals who applied for S-PaSS in July. However, some were cancelled due to lack of documents submitted and cancellation of travel. He also said that there are still 1,252 pending applications or about 1.32% out of the overall total of applications for the month of July.
In addition to this, Col. Oro mentioned that essential travels should be practiced at the moment for lesser chance of contracting the virus.
Meanwhile, Provincial Health Officer Anna Maria Teresa De Guzman, stated that there is enough supply of vaccines for the next two weeks as she further disclosed that local government units (municipal government and city government) with bigger populace can vaccinate 500 individuals per day or for those with lesser population can vaccinate 200 to 300 persons per day.000002
In the vaccination drive, the PHO chief stressed that the elderlies or the senior citizens are given priority. However, if there are other populace who want to be vaccinated, the LGU can accommodate them provided that there are available supplies left.
As to the latest update on the number of vaccinated Pangasinenses to date, the PHO reported that there are 288,813 inoculated individuals which translates to about 17% of the targeted eligible population for Pangasinan of more than 1.9 million.
Earlier, Dr. De Guzman that although there is no case yet in Pangasinan, the public should be watchful, be alert and be well-informed as the strain can spread more easily than COVID-19.
Aside from strictly sticking with the health protocols like wearing of facemasks and face shields, physical distancing and frequent handwashing, Dr. De Guzman stated the importance of proper ventilation at home and at the workplace. She also discouraged the conduct of mass gatherings to avoid close contacts with other individuals.
Furthermore, De Guzman warned the residents of coastal communities in Pangasinan to be on alert on foreign fishing vessels docking on their area. She warned the public against mingling with suspicious strangers who show symptoms of the virus.
In his closing statement, on the other hand, BM Rosario urged all Pangasinenses to practice discipline and be responsible at all times. “Let us be part of the provincial government’s campaign to make Pangasinan the home of healthiest people. Let us be part of the solution and intensify our defense against COVID-19,” he said.
Also known as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant, according to research, has mutations on the spike protein that make it easier to infect human cells.
/Ruby R. Bernardino (Photo by Neiza Ivana Ferrer)