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Pasay City offers prizes for vaccinated senior citizens

Jul 21, 2021, 6:53 AM
Opinyon News Team

Opinyon News Team

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Wanting to have all senior citizens and persons with comorbidities be vaccinated the Pasay City government is offering various prizes through raffle draws for those already fully inoculated.

WARY of the looming threat of the Delta variant which could wreak havoc once it manages to enter their city, Pasay Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano is dangling various incentives for the residents to encourage them to have themselves vaccinated.

During the virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday (July 20) that tackled threats posed by the Delta variant and attended by representatives from various barangays and city hall departments and offices, the mayor said that prizes await for all senior citizens who will be fully vaccinated.

Among the incentives the city government prepared is a raffle event where names of fully vaccinated senior citizens will be entered.

On recommendations of DOH Regional Director Dra. Anna Ong-Lim, Mayor Emi also said that they will hold separate raffles for barangays that have successfully inoculated 100 percent of their senior citizens and those with comorbidities.

“Ginagawa po natin ito para mahikayat ang ating mga kababayan na magpabakuna sapagkat ito ang unang panlaban natin para hindi kumalat at makapaminsala sa ating lungsod ang Delta variant,” the mayor said.

During the same meeting, Dra. Lim also tackled the current situation of the dreaded variant and recommended various steps on how to prevent it from spreading if not entering in the city.

She advised the city government and the barangay officials to intensify their prevention, detection, contact tracing, isolation and recovery of patients suspected to be infected by the virus.

“Pinaka-importante po rito ang ating mga barangay officials na maging masigasig para alamin kung sino ang mga bagong pumapasok sa kanilang mga lugar at obligadong magsagawa ng self-imposed quarantine,” she said.
“Ililista rin nila ang pangalan ng mga na-infect ng sakit para mai-report agad sa city epidemiology unit para magawan kaagad ng karampatang aksyon,” she pointed out.

For her part, Mayor Calixto-Rubiano emphasized cooperation among all the city residents to help them ward off the entry of the dangerous virus.

“Delta variant is real and is a serious threat. Magtulong-tulong po tayo at huwag nating payagan na tumaas ulit ang mga kaso sa ating lungsod katulad ng mga nakaraang buwan,” she said.

To recall, on March 2 this year, the Department of Health confirmed that the first South African variant patients in the country were Pasay residents.

There were 521 active cases in the city at that time.

Active cases in Pasay quickly rose to 1,024 by March 25 prompting Mayor Calixto- Rubiano to place two barangays under total lockdown and 136 barangays and areas under granular lockdowns.

The city also hired additional contact tracers and tripled its testing capacity, from around 6,000 swab tests in February to 17,000 in March and April and intensified their PDTIR.

Mayor Calixto-Rubiano’s aggressive moves earned praises from Malacañang after she managed to significantly lower the cases in just one month.

Currently, Pasay has one of the lowest active cases in Metro Manila at around 50 and highest efficiency rate in the utilization of vaccines among its residents.

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