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Marikina’s brash approach to battle Covid-19 congratulated

Secretary of Health Francisco Duque III praised Marikina’s local government, led by Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro, for its aggressive reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic on Monday.

This came when Duque joined Teodoro and other national and local authorities at the Marikina Sports Complex for the ceremonial start of the statewide vaccination push dubbed “Bayanihan, Bakunahan.”

“Ang aking saludo kay Mayor Marcy Teodoro, pinaparating ko sa ngalan ng Department of Health.” Tumatayo ako sa kanyang mga ginawa, mula sa pagtatag ng kanyang kauna-unahang molecular RT-PCR laboratory (I extend my salute to Mayor Marcy Teodoro on behalf of the Department of Health.) “I stand as a witness to his successes,” Duque remarked in his speech, “from the foundation of his first molecular reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction laboratory).”

The Marikina Diagnostic Laboratory was created during the start of the epidemic last year to improve the city’s Covid-19 testing capacity.

“Ganun talaga ang leader, hindi titigil, hindi hihinto kong para sa kapakanan ng kanyang mga kababayan,” he added.

Despite the threat of the feared disease, Duque praised the city’s healthcare personnel for their sacrifices and commitment to the citizens.

“Talagang walang humpay ang kanilang sakripisyo, tuluy-tuloy iyan, sa pangangalaga ng mga pasyente (Their sacrifice is truly unwavering, that is, constant),” he remarked.

Marikina was also complimented by Duque for inoculating 105 percent of its target population with the first treatment.

In just three days, 30,000 vaccines were administered.

During the three-day statewide vaccination campaign, Teodoro said the local administration hopes to inoculate all 30,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine provided for Marikina.

“Ang nakuha namin bakuna ay nasa 30,000,” says the narrator. Ang aim namin sa isang araw ay maka 10,000 na babakunahan para sa ganun ay maka-contribute ang Marikina ng mga 30,000 for the national vaccination rollout (The vaccine we received was priced at 30,000.) So our goal is to vaccinate 10,000 people in one day, so Marikina can contribute around 30,000 to the national vaccination rollout),” Teodoro explained.

During the three-day mass immunization exercise, the national government hopes to vaccinate 9 million people.

“Ang aim namin is to contribute to a larger number, madagdagan ang bilang ng mababakunahan para sa ganun, lumaki ang bilang ng binabakunahan natin,” he continued.

Apart from the Marikina Sports Complex, the local administration has used three other vaccination sites: the Marikina Convention Center for booster doses, Sto. Nio Elementary School for people with comorbidities, and Marikina Elementary School for the first dose vaccine.

For those who have not yet received their first dose, Teodoro said walk-ins are permitted at Marikina Elementary School, but he advised them to preregister a day ahead of time.

“Ang inaasahan namin magwa-walk-in din ay mga non-residents, dahil naka-425,000 na indibidwal na tayong nabakunahan na completely vaccinated na,” says the spokesperson. With a population of 488,000 people in Marikina, lagpas na ito doon sa herd immunity objective (We also expect non-residents to show up, as we currently have 425,000 fully vaccinated persons). Marikina’s population of 488,000 people puts it outside the scope of herd immunity),” he said.

The government has scheduled a three-day immunization drive from Dec. 15 to 17 to fulfill the objective of entirely inoculating 54 million Filipinos by the end of the year.

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