June 22, 2021

Experts from the Philippines and Israel have begun discussions on how to better control viruses

The National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 will discuss vaccination and jab logistics management, among other issues, with three Israeli health professionals.

The Israeli delegation, which includes Avi Ben Zaken, deputy director general of the Ichilov Medical Center, Dafna Segol, healthcare policy and innovation consultant, and Adam Segal, logistics and operations manager of Salomon Levid & Elstein Ltd., arrived in the Philippines on Sunday afternoon and will remain until Friday.

On Monday, they gathered at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

“We will have an extensive discussion on logistics management, on how we will preserve our vaccines so that there will be no wastage, and on how we can distribute it as soon as possible as you directed, that it will be delivered on time to the provinces,” NTF head Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. told President Rodrigo Duterte during their meeting on Monday.

They will also tour immunization locations and cold storage facilities in Metro Manila, according to Galvez.

The Israeli team has so far revealed important methods for successfully limiting viral propagation and reducing active cases in communities.

“Israel has triumphed in its fight against the epidemic due to a concerted effort,” Galvez added. “We can succeed if countries cooperate and assist one another. This is the strength of collaboration and unity.”

He went on to say that the government will adopt certain Israeli methods to enhance data management and vaccination distribution plans in the country.

In May, Israel extended vaccination eligibility to include teenagers, according to a Channel News Asia article, and encouraged more 12 to 15-year-olds to be vaccinated.

Infections have dropped dramatically in recent weeks since then.

During Monday’s conference, Zaken also said that Israelis, particularly front-line personnel such as police officers, are examined on a weekly basis.

“In order to win this fight, facts and knowledge are essential. Every day, we track data by location and severity, where the virus is spreading and where it is spreading, and how many people are being vaccinated every day, all of which are critical in controlling the pandemic,” he added.

Sagol further stressed the need of rigorous adherence to quarantine and border procedures in reducing Covid-19 infections.

“Everyone entering Israel must undergo a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, get vaccinated, and be confined for 14 days,” added Segol.

DISCUSSION WITH EXPERTS. On Monday, three Israeli health professionals met with their Philippine colleagues at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City to discuss their best practices against Covid-19 (June 21, 2021). Adam Segal, logistics and operations manager of Salomon Levid & Elstein Ltd.; Dafna Segol, healthcare policy and innovation consultant; and Avi Ben Zaken, deputy director general of the Ichilov Medical Center (from left).

PHOTO: Courtesy of NTF

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