Govt contact tracing capability now at 80%-90%


THE chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) against the coronavirus disease said that the government’s capability for contact tracing has improved to 80%- 90%.

“We see that there are still areas to improve on, but the improvement on our contact tracing has increased to 80%-90% based on the capability of our key agencies,” NTF against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr said during an online press briefing.

Galvez added that the StaySafe.ph app was being endorsed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government to be used by the local government units.

The StaySafe.ph app, which was developed by MultiSys Technologies Corporation, allows users to report their health conditions as well as of their family members.

Galvez added that the task force has met with the LGUs, Metro Manila mayors, Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) and other key agencies on strategies on how to boost expanded testing and tracing by use of such apps.

Previously, the National Economic Development Authority said that the government was planning to hire 136,000 contact tracers to boost the country’s efforts against Covid-19, adding that the Department of Health would need 11.7bil pesos (RM1bil) to hire them.

Meanwhile, Galvez reiterated the government’s plans to buy 11 million personal protective equipment (PPEs) and to test 1% or 2% of the country’s 110 million population.“For now, more or less three million PPEs have been distributed, one million have been procured at 1.8bil pesos (RM154mil), and the help of the private sector and our LGUs more or less two million. So three million has been initially distributed to our frontliners,” he said.

“We are planning to test 1% or 2% of our population. Meaning more or less around one million will be our target by August.

“We will continue with our testing,” he added. — Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

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