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OCTA advises the future administration to keep the centralized pandemic response going.

MANILA – OCTA Research advised the new administration on Wednesday to maintain its pandemic response centralized, similar to the Duterte administration’s current system.

“Iyong One Health Command system maganda’yang ipagpatuloy,’yong medyo centralized’yong response. Although medyo pahina na rin ‘yong pandemic nandyan pa rin ‘yong virus (The One Health Command system is a wise precaution to take, as it allows for a coordinated response. The virus is still there, despite the fact that the epidemic is slowing down) “In a Laging Handa briefing, OCTA Research Fellow Dr. Guido David noted.

Furthermore, he stated that President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. should concentrate on enhancing the country’s contact tracing.

The Duterte administration built the One Hospital Command Center months after the first local Covid-19 case was detected, with the main goal of ensuring efficient health facility referral.

According to David, the current administration handled the pandemic response “effectively,” including population vaccination.

He said that the vaccine and booster deployment was successful in reducing the requirement for lockdowns during surges.

“Ito’y napatunayan na malaking tulong sa pag-manage ng pandemic, kaya hindi tayo nagsarado, hindi tayo nag-lockdown kahit noong January. Iyan ang gusto natin na management na dahil bakunado na tayo hindi na natin kailangang maghigpit sa ngayon (This proved to be of great assistance in the pandemic response, which is why we did not resort to lockdowns in January.) We want the kind of management where we don’t need the most stringent restrictions since we’ve already been vaccinated), “he stated

Metro Manila is classified as “low risk,” but David reported a minor increase in Covid-19 cases, from an average of 79 per day in the previous week to 90 now.

He added that Covid-19 infections are also on the rise in Region 4-A (Calabarzon), Western Visayas, and some regions in Central Luzon.

To prevent an increase in cases, David stated the public must play a role by adhering to minimal public health standards and being vaccinated.

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