THE Emergency Operations Center (EOC) of Cebu City has extended its intervention to the delivery services sector to further curb transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
This, after the EOC found that at least five patients who tested for Covid-19 had a history of availing themselves of delivery services in September.
City Councilor Joel Garganera, EOC deputy chief implementer, said they are not saying delivery services are sources of transmission.
The EOC’s action, he said, is a proactive response against the health crisis.
Garganera met with representatives of major delivery services Grab, Food Panda, Lalamove and Angkas on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
During the meeting, it was agreed that the delivery services sector will appoint its own Health Infectious Preventive Control Officer (Hipco) for easier coordination and contact tracing.
The Hipco, just like its role in other establishments and government offices, will be the one to coordinate with the EOC.
Meanwhile, Garganera said mass testing may also be extended to delivery services drivers.
He said the move is one way to mitigate the spread of the disease.
“We agreed that instead of their usual greetings to their customers we changed it to health reminders both virtual and personal,” Garganera added.
Stickers and posters of health reminders will also be posted on their respective vehicles, he said. The move will not only protect customers from contracting the virus that causes Covid-19, but also drivers, he said. (JJL)