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In Covid-19 instances, W. Visayas had a negative growth rate.

CITY OF ILOILO – The number of cases of coronavirus disease in 2019 (Covid-19) in Western Visayas is decreasing, as evidenced by a negative 74% growth rate in the last one to two weeks compared to the number of cases in the previous three to four weeks.

Senior health program officer John Richard Lapascua of the Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH WV CHD) reported the region’s average daily cases as of February 20 were 452, down from 828 instances in January, during a virtual news briefing Monday.

The average daily attack rate in the region is low in provinces and densely populated cities, with the exception of this city, which recorded 11.36 and is classified as moderately risky.

“When we add that to the danger categorization, we propose Level 2 for Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental; Level 1 for Bacolod City; and Level 3 for Iloilo City.” As of Feb. 20, 2022, our alarm system is at Level 2 for the entire region,” he stated.

As of Sunday, the region’s health-care utilization rate was low risk, with 879 of the 2,484 beds devoted to Covid-19 occupied, or 35.39 percent, and 27 of the 185 mechanical ventilators in use.

Only 650 of the 16,363 beds in temporary treatment and monitoring facilities (TTMF) of local government units (LGUs) are occupied, or 3.98 percent.

He ascribed the decrease in instances to the implementation of minimal public health standards (MPHS), improved awareness of the Omicron variant’s transmission, and movement limitations imposed when Western Visayas was placed under Alert Level 3 from January 16 to February 20.

Despite the decline in incidence, Lapascua said they are continuing to promote immunization, particularly booster vaccinations.

“The booster dose adds an extra layer of defense. It improves the efficiency or effectiveness of our basic series vaccines,” he explained.

The Regional Vaccination Operations Center (RVOC) reported that only 499,719 (or 7.78 percent) of the 4,519,101 people who were completely vaccinated had booster doses as of 3 a.m. on February 21.

Meanwhile, Lapascua stated that the pediatric vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11 and those aged 12 to 17 have received an “excellent reaction.”

According to the RVOC statistics, 27.55 percent of the target pediatric 12 to 17 age group with comorbidity received their first dose, whereas 85.9% of the rest of the pediatric population (ROPP) received their first dose.

The second dosage has already been given to 17,904 of the 12-17 age group with comorbidities and 626, 230 for the ROPP.

During the first seven days of the deployment, 26,879 children aged 5 to 11 received their first medication, accounting for 2.49 percent of the over 1 million targets for Western Visayas.

He ascribed the great turnout for the pediatric vaccine to parents and children’s willingness and acceptance of the vaccination.

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