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Don’t let your guard down, PHO -MP reminds despite dip in Covid-19 cases

BONTOC, Mountain Province(PIA)--The Provincial Health Office  continues to remind  and   encourage the public  to  follow  health safety protocols   even as  COVID-19 cases have significantly decreased in the province.

Health Education and Promotion Officer Lily Anne N. Safilo during the 2nd quarter meeting of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council     on June 26  that a total of 314 Covid-19 cases were recorded from January to June of this year by the different disease reporting units in the province. The figure is  96 percent  lower compared to the same period last year.

The municipality of Bauko recorded the highest number of cases 107, followed by  Tadian with 40. Besao has 29, Bontoc with 27,   Paracelis with  26, and  Sabangan, 21. The four other municipalities have  less than 20 cases.   Barangay Abatan in Bauko   has the most cases among barangays in the  province.

Cases  peaked  from  May 21 to 27  with  51 cases, with most affected individuals (95%) being asymptomatic.

Safilo reported that  majority of the  cases are females and the most affected age-group is 60 years old and above.

In its daily COVID 19 Update  in its facebook page, the PHO always reminds the public not to let their guards down and  that they avoid social gatherings, avoid crowded areas, always practice health safety protocols, always wear facemasks, essential travels only, seek early consultation  and get vaccinated.   

As of June 20, 2023,  the PHO recorded a total of 109,278 individuals vaccinated. 104,314 of these individuals were given at least one dose while 99,404 have    completed their vaccinations.

The province is continuously rolling out vaccination in various health facilities.  The latest is   the bivalent vaccination which targets the original Covid-19 strain and the Omicron variant.

Priority individuals for this vaccination roll out are 18 years old and above who are healthcare workers, senior citizens , Individuals with Comorbidities, and those who are immunocompromised. Target individuals may be vaccinated after at least 4 to 6 months from  receiving their   second booster shot. (JDP/CVBT-PIA CAR, Mt. Province)

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