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DOH continues fight against COVID despite decrease in cases

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Dec. 19 (PIA) – The Department of Health 9 (DOH-9) reports the continues decrease of COVID-19 cases in Zamboanga Peninsula with only 324 cases recorded as of December 15, 2022.

Dr. Reynalyn Elshazly of DOH 9 said that there will be no possible surge of cases again in the region. However, despite the decrease in cases, the residents should still be compliant in following the minimum public health standards and get vaccinated, “we must learn to live with COVID,” Dr. Elshazly added.

DOH continuously advises the residents not to be too confident in going to public and crowded places especially this holiday season and attending to different occasions, “we are still fighting the unknown COVID-19 because of natural emerging variant,” Dr. Elshazly emphasized.

There are still potential immune characteristics with high number of mutations. However, having the booster vaccination can help fight the mutation and boost immune systems. Booster vaccination is still available in health centers and vaccination centers identified.

Recently, DOH 9 also joins the nationwide Bakunahang Bayan last December 5 to 7 to encourage more individuals specially the pediatric sector to get the booster vaccination.

Morever, DOH also monitors different outbreak of diseases amidst the continuous monitoring of COVID-19 cases. Emerging diseases like Leptospirosis with 173 cases recorded this year and Dengue with 3,656 cases recorded for 2022.

DOH acknowledges all the efforts in addressing COVID-19 and other health concerns of the health care workers, local government units and national government aganecies through their Year-End Awarding Ceremony dubbed as Heroes for Health last December 13, 2022. (RVC/MLE/PIA9-Zamboanga City)

About the Author

Myra Cel Espinosa

Information Officer II

Region 9

Myra Espinosa is an Information Officer of the Philippine Information Agency Region IX.  She writes news and feature stories on issues concerning COVID-19 for the agency's website and social media platforms. She is currently the program host of Kapihan na Zamboanga Public Briefing, as well as a news contributor for PTV News. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration Major in Organization and Management from Western Mindanao State University.

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