Davao City eyes 2 mobile swabbing teams from USAID

The city government expects to strengthen its campaign against the coronavirus (COVID-19) as it got more support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Dr. Ashley Lopez, Davao City Health officer and COVID-19 focal person, said USAID offered two (2) mobile swabbing teams including six personnel, logistics and testing kits.

“They will provide the city with two vehicles for surveillance swabbing,” Lopez said during his COVID-19 Alert program aired through Davao City Disaster Radio 87.5 FM.

The two mobile swabbing teams would cater to big companies that cannot access the Sta. Ana swabbing center, which caters mainly to close contacts of index COVID cases and symptomatic individuals.

“These will be a big help and big boost to our response team under our heightened surveillance,” Lopez said.

According to a news release by the City Information Office, the city government also received help from the Philippine National Police. Davao City Police Office Director P/Col Kirby John Kraft has assigned 21 police personnel, who are registered nurses, as swabbers.

“Their training is ongoing at the Crocodile Park. They are trained onsite. By tomorrow and on May 28, they will be conducting their practicum there). By next week, there will be an alternate swabbing team with the Bureau of Fire and Protection,” Lopez said in the vernacular.

He said that once the police nurses are ready to facilitate the swabbing, the BFP personnel, who are currently on duty as swabbers at the Crocodile Park, will be quarantined for 14 days.

Lopez said the use of the Rizal Park as an additional swabbing center is still on hold since the city is still hiring and training additional personnel.

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