The NCRPO Regional Director, PMGEN DEBOLD M SINAS presided the Dialogue with Doctors on the Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan For COVID-19 in NCR held at the QCPD Hinirang Social Hall, Camp PMGen Tomas B Karingal, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City at about 9:00 AM of August 7, 2020.
The conference was attended by the Regional Command Group; all NCRPO District Directors; Regional Director, Internal Affairs Service; Regional Staff (R1-R9); Chief, Regional Health Service; Chiefs, District Health Unit; Dr. Rolly Cruz of QCESU; Dr. Nimfa Putong and Dr. Rey Salinel, Jr. of San Lazaro Hospital; Dr. Grace Padilla of Santa Ana Hospital; Dr. Sammy Cunanan of Chinese Gen. Hospital; Dr. Maria Teresa Tuliao, City Health Office in Muntinlupa City; and Dr. Alex Dimapilis, Medical Specialist IV.
The conference aims to improve and develop the NCRPO’s strategic preparedness and response plan to fight the COVID-19 pandemic thru close collaboration with COVID-19 specialists/experts.
Among the topics discussed were the NCRPO’s established Quarantine Control Points within Metro Manila; Social Distancing Patrol; Community Quarantine Violators; and NCRPO’s Initiatives and Best Practices in fighting COVID-19.
Subsequently, the Regional Health Service also presented the NCRPO’s Fight against COVID-19. Thereafter, medical specialists recommended some strategies to further curb the spread of the virus in the region such as: no need for thermal scanner at Quarantine Control Points; Removal of disinfectant/decontamination tent due to studies that show it is no longer effective in the elimination of the virus; Improvement of contact tracing by use of Information Technology.
Furthermore, it was also suggested to prioritize the high-risk PNP personnel, vulnerable, and poor people in swab testing and involvement of quarantine violators in community service such as cleaning and planting. Regular vaccination of PNP personnel for pneumococcal vaccine and flu vaccine to boost their immune system was also suggested.
Meanwhile, PNP personnel manning checkpoints and QCPs were reminded to strictly follow the minimum health requirements and protocols like wearing facemasks, face shields, gloves while strictly observing social distancing during inspection. PNP personnel were also suggested to have a daily checklist and health declaration to be monitored by a COVID manager per Police Station.
PMGEN DEBOLD M SINAS, RD NCRPO guaranteed to adopt the recommended strategies and measures from the doctors. “We will strictly enforce and implement the policies and guidelines set by the IATF for all the men and women of NCRPO to include the experts’ recommendations. At the end of the day, the health and welfare of our personnel is our paramount concern because their safety equates the safety of the people we serve,” he added.