Practice for contact tracing scored


THE practice of business establishments requiring customers to register their personal data using one pen for all to use before entering and result in long queues, prompted the filing of a resolution at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to call on all the establishments to adopt another method because the practice can lead to more infection instead of helping the situation for contact-tracing.

Second District Board Member Von Mark Mendoza filed the resolution after Provincial Disaster  Risk Reduction and Management Officer Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro confirmed that nowhere in the rules promulgated by the National Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF) does it require people entering business establishments to register their names, addresses and contact numbers.

He said requiring customers to sign in by writing his name, address and contact number on logbooks after body temperature is checked by digital thermometer presents higher risks of infection to unsuspecting customers .

“How many people had been contacted using the data they left on log books when they entered business establishments?” he asked.

Mendoza said the practice should be stopped.

He suggested that customers instead be provided with small pieces of paper where they can write their personal data and provide a box where these can be dropped after body temperature is checked.

At the same time, Mendoza proposed to the provincial IATF to address the cases of hopelessness and depression among people quarantined in their homes over a long period.

He said statistics from the PNP provincial office showed that 57 persons in the province have committed suicide since January this year to date because of depression but not necessarily because of COVID-19.
Oro clarified that in various meetings of the IATF headed by Gov. Amado Espino III, the problem of depression by quarantined people is being discussed and certain measures are being put in place to address it. (Leonardo Micua)

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