TO STRENGTHEN the contact tracing in Mandaue City, the city government will hire more contact tracers.
John Eddu Ibañez, the executive secretary of Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes, said the number of contact tracers in Mandaue City is now 200.
The city is still working on having a ratio of one contact tracer per 2,000 individuals or 593 contact tracers.
Mandaue City still needs to employ 393 individuals to work as contact tracers.
However, Ibañez said the ideal ratio as recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases is one contact tracer per 800 individuals.
A few weeks ago, Mandaue City Councilor Nerissa Soon-Ruiz, the head of the Committee on Health, admitted that Mandaue City has weak contact tracing and the City plans to hire more people for the job.
Now, the City is hiring more contact tracers.
Ibañez said they have not gone all out as they still have to consider the budget of the city.
In addition, the City prefers to hire individuals with a background of at least two years in any medical-related course.
“I was also a graduate of nursing, and it is part of our training to ask the right questions to the patients without confronting them,” said Ibañez.
The city will hire contact tracers as job order employees as the job is only temporary.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has offered help to the city in Covid-19-related jobs such as contact tracing.
However, Ibañez said the city should not be 100 percent reliant on the BFP considering they play a more important role in fire fighting.
Deploying the BFP as contact tracers might delay the response to any fire alarm. That is why the City prefers to hire individuals exclusive for the tracing, Ibañez said. (KFD)