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Alert Level 1 welcomed

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia welcomed the declaration of the Department of Health (DOH) in Western Visayas that further downgraded the status of Bacolod City from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 1.

Leonardia said the recent development is testimonial to Bacolod City’s effective management of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is a recognition of the timely and innovative interventions of the Emergency Operations Center-Task Force that resulted to the containment of infections and continued decline of attack rate the past weeks.

To put things in proper perspective, the health department placed Bacolod under Alert Level 1 because the city is now classified as a “minimal risk” area as explained by Dr. Bea Camille Natalaray, of the DOH-Western Visayas Center for Health Development 6, in a media report, he said.

Dr. Natalaray cited that the DOH decision was due to the declining attack rate of Bacolod from 2.59 percent to 0.59 percent per 100,000 population. The agency further noted the reduced healthcare system utilization of Bacolod to only just 12.46 percent, the mayor added.

Credit goes to Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran,  who chairs the city Inter-Agency Task Force; the EOC-Task Force, to the Bacolod City Health Office, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office and their army of hardworking health frontliners and volunteers who include doctors and nurses serving as vaccinators; the barangay captains, kagawads, barangay health workers, barangay nutrition scholars, tanods, as well as the business community, the public and private schools,  the management of different malls and food chains who opened their facilities as vaccination centers, Leonardia said.

“Let me also thank the Bacolodnons for their full cooperation to the city government’s call to get vaccinated, especially during the November 29 to December 1 National Vaccination Days, including the extension schedule of the “Bayanihan Bakunahan” on December 2 to 3 wherein we hit the quota given to Bacolod by the DOH. After the five-day campaign, Bacolod City gave more than 73,000 jabs. Our sincere appreciation, too, to members of the media, who had been helping us in our information and education campaigns these past months,” he said.

“We are happy that our performance in the National Vaccination Days hastened our efforts to achieve herd immunity within the month of December 2021,” Leonardia said.

These are, indeed, very positive news for our city but it should not be a reason for us to be complacent. Let us continue to follow minimum health protocols, observe physical distancing, regularly disinfect, practice proper hygiene and avoid high risk places, he added.*

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