Nine city brgys to serve as pilot areas for house-to-house vaccination drive

PHOTO CAPTION: Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas (inset) and his COVID-19 team will start tomorrow the city’s house-to-house vaccination drive to reach more individuals who can’t go to the vaccination centers to have themselves jabbed. (N. Glenn Aragon/Photo courtesy of the city’s Facebook page and Reuters)

ILOILO CITY–Nine barangays in the city of Iloilo will be the pilot areas for the city’s house-to-house vaccination drive which starts tomorrow, August 30.

The said barangays are considered the biggest barangays with the highest number of residents for each district in the city.

The said barangays to welcome the city’s house-to-house vaccination teams are: San Isidro in Jaro I, Balabago in Jaro II, Baldoza in La Paz, Sto. Rosario in City Proper I, Estanzuela in City Proper II, Bakhaw in Mandurriao, Boulevard in Molo, Calaparan in Arevalo, and Bo. Obrero in Lapuz.

The city government targets to vaccinate some 7,200 individuals per day in the said barangays.

As this rolls out, Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas said the city’s COVID-19 vaccination for walk-ins every Thursday is temporarily suspended in order for vaccinators to focus on house-to-house inoculation.

“We cannot continue with the open vaccinations in the meantime since our vaccinators will go to nine barangays every day with a target of 7,200 daily,” the city chief executive averred.

MECQ PREVAILS

Meanwhile, the city of Iloilo will continue to be under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) for at least the first week of September as announced by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque yesterday.

Joining it in the MECQ classification here in Western Visayas are the provinces of Iloilo and Aklan, which also continue to get high numbers in terms of new cases daily.

Based on the latest COVID-19 Regional Case Bulletin No. 519 from the Department of Health-Center for Health Development here in Western Visayas, Iloilo City still has 1,503 active cases, second in the region behind the ballooning 4,304 active cases of Iloilo Province.

Aklan, meanwhile, has dropped to sixth from second in terms of active cases in Region 6 with 907 after a remarkable dip in its new cases in contrast to an upsurge of new cases in the provinces of Negros Occidental (1,404), Capiz (1,121), and Antique (974).

To illustrate that point, from August 23 to 28, Aklan ‘only’ had a total of 264 new cases while registering 875 recoveries, the reason its total active cases dipped from 1,046 at the start of the week to just 907 at present.

In contrast, Iloilo City had 635 new cases recorded during the same period with 454 recoveries for a +181 case difference while Iloilo Province had 1,880 new cases and 1,060 recoveries for a +820 case difference.

‘READY AND PREPARED’

In a related development, a day before the scheduled house-to-house vaccination in their barangay, Bo. Obrero punong barangay Ricardo Dino Jr. has announced that they are ready and prepared and has, in fact, already pre-listed at least 500 residents to be visited by the city’s vaccination team in their houses for the week-long vaccination campaign that starts tomorrow.

Aside from their own barangay folks, residents of neighboring barangays like Mansaya and Loboc are also welcome for inoculation depending on the vaccine supply.

It was learned 10 doctors will be deployed by the City Health Office (CHO) for the week-long house-to-house vaccination in Bo. Obrero, added Dino. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)

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