By Apipa P. Bagumbaran
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, May 28–The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) announced Friday that it has inoculated more than 15,000 frontline personnel, senior citizens, and priority residents with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines.
In a phone patch interview over DXSO Radyo Pilipinas Marawi, IPHO chief Dr. Alinader Minalang said 15,458 individuals were vaccinated against the dreaded virus. Of this number, 3,798 have already completed the two doses of the vaccine while 11,660 got the first dose.
Minalang, who is also the deputy chairperson of the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, said about 51% of the vaccinated individuals are frontline health workers, 12% are senior citizens, and 22% are with comorbidities.
He further shared that they also inoculated 1,915 individuals who are set to perform Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia of which 384 have completed the two doses.
Minalang further disclosed that vaccination roll-out has started in nine municipalities of the province, namely, Wao, Malabang, Balindong, Marantao, Poona Bayabao, Lumba Bayabao, Bubong, Saguiaran, and Taraka.
“More or less, our assessment in Lanao del Sur is that we are on track with the vaccination,” he added citing that they plan to reach 70% of the population to attain herd immunity in the province.
Meanwhile, Minalang reiterated the PIATF call for public cooperation in curbing the spread of COVID-19.
“We are in a very critical situation now because our cases have increased, we have reached more than 2,000 cases with almost 200 active cases,” he said.
As of press time, IPHO recorded 2,268 confirmed cases with 197 active cases distributed in the 24 municipalities of the province including Marawi City.
Minalang cited the current situation to be alarming since the allocated beds for COVID-19 and even the ICU of Amai Pakpak Medical Center (APMC) are already fully occupied.
“Our District Hospitals can only isolate mild to moderate cases, ‘di nila kaya ang severe at critical cases and APMC cannot cope up with the increasing number of cases,” he explained noting also that hospitals accepting COVID-19 patients in other areas like Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City are also fully occupied.
With this, Minalang called on the public to strictly follow the minimum health protocols specifically the wearing of face masks and face shields as well as physical distancing. He also appealed to them to be vigilant in sharing COVID-related information posted on social media to avoid spreading misinformation and fake news. Philippine Information Agency