December 16, 2020 | The Isabela City COVID-19 Task Force, the CDRRM Council and Local Health Board spearheaded by Mayor Sitti Djalia A. Turabin-Hataman and Vice Mayor Jhul Kifli Salliman were convened on a joint meeting, Wednesday afternoon at Tabiawan, Isabela City, Basilan.
The agenda discussed include: Isabela City COVID-19 Situational Report; influx of travelers to and from Isabela City due to Christmas season; updating and harmonization of travel protocols; establishment and operationalization of ONE HOSPITAL COMMAND system for all hospitals (public and private) in the province of Basilan.
According to CHO Head Dr. Mohrein Ismael VI, Isabela City has recorded a total of 192 confirmed COVID-19 cases, in which 3 are still active cases, 184 recovered cases and 5 deaths as of December 16, 2020. Out of the total confirmed cases in the city, 80% are asymptomatic; 17% with mild to moderate; and 3% are severe cases.
Dr. Ismael reminded everyone to strictly continue follow minimum health standards most specially during the holidays since there are more asymptomatic cases in the city. A spike of cases is expected throughout Region 9 due to the increase in number of people travelling during the holidays. Currently, there are no granular lockdowns declared in the City, following the Diki and Aguada localized ECQ.
Basilan PDRRMO Head Nixon Alonzo was also present during the meeting. Alonzo reiterated that there is only a temporary suspension of issuance of Travel Pass from the Basilan Provincial Government starting December 23 to January 4. The entry of LSIs as well as regular travels are still allowed during this period.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ismael delivered the good news that Basilan General Hospital has been approved for RT-PCR testing. This development will make testing easier, faster and convenient for the constituents of the province. He also explained the new requirement of the establishment of ONE COMMAND SYSTEM for the entire province which shall also make hospital referrals and coordination more efficient.
Mayor Hataman commended the members of the local task force for its exemplary and effective COVID-19 response during the year. She also thanked Begang National High School for being “a life saver” for lending its campus as one of the first COVID-19 quarantine facilities in the city. Further, she added that the city is currently preparing its new quarantine facility located at Barangay Sumagdang which can accommodate up to 58 guests/patients. Budget has been allocated for the rehabilitation and repair of Begang National High School upon transfer to new the quarantine facility.