Isko: Presence of mobile test clinic in bgy means high COVID cases

Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno closes health centers to use their personnel for contact tracing while the free, mobile COVID testing clinic goes around in barangays. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

Isko: Mobile test clinic in bgy means high COVID-19 cases.

MAJORITY of health centers in Manila were ordered temporarily closed by Mayor Isko Moreno, so that their personnel can be utilized to trace those who are infected in the community level of the jurisdiction falling under the scope of the area covered by the health centers concerned.

This, as Moreno also told the residents that once the city government’s mobile serology testing clinic lands in a certain barangay, it means that the said barangay has a high number of COVID cases.

“Para di kayo maligaw, eto ang susi.  Bibigyan ko kayo ng tip para handa tayo. Kapag ang mobile serology testing natin ay bumaba sa barangay ninyo, isa lang ang ibig sabihn nyan ---may mataas kayong impeksyon nag-positibo at validated na COVID cases sa inyong komunidad,” Moreno stressed.

The mayor said he wants all communities saturated by the mobile testing clinic, beginning with the barangays that have registered the highest number of people who have been infected by COVID-19.

“Mag-alala kayo ng kaunti dahil hindi kami pupunta dun kung walang basehan na data,” he added.

The mayor said the contact tracers are compiling data, investigating both verified and unverified reports and even rumors and subject all information to necessary validation.

Moreno assured that the tracing being done by the city’s medical professionals is thorough and simultaneous with the mobile clinic going around the barangays.

The city has fielded two mobile clinics making the rounds of communities with the highest incidences of COVID-19, complementing the drive-thru and walk-in COVID test centers already launched by Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna. Said tests are free.

The drive-thrus are for motorists, the walk-ins are for non-motorists while the mobile clinic brings the  testing right at the doorsteps of the residents.

“We want to make the free testing more convenient.bababa ka na lang ng bahay, door-to-door ito. Pagdating, labas ka na.  It’s efficient, credible and most of all, it’s free,” Moreno said.