More contact tracers needed
About 50,000 contact tracers undergoing training
MANILA – Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año said 4,000 teams composed of at least 50,000 contact tracers are expected to be assigned to areas considered COVID-19 “hotspots.”
Speaking at the midday press briefing hosted by Secretary Harry Roque, Secretary Año said almost 25,000 have undergoing the required training.
“Should Bayanihan 2 gets approved, we will request for more funds for contact tracing. We will assign them to areas heavily affected by the infection and in areas where health facilities are few so we can foresee and prepare for possible surge in cases,” he explained.
He added contact tracers should live up to expectations so the government would know which areas and whom to subject to testing. He cited local government units which has outstanding contact tracing strategies such as Baguio City and Metro Manila.
“We do share the best practices to other areas,” Secretary Ano concluded. (Melo M. Acuña)
Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año (Screed grab from PTV 4)