Mandaue City hiring contact tracers in fight vs new coronavirus surge

John Sitchon
Mandaue City hiring contact tracers in fight vs new coronavirus surge

Fingertip pulse Oximeters (Photo from Mandaue City PIO)

'We need your help to ramp up the contact tracing capability of Mandaue City,' says the LGU's public information office

Mandaue City wants to fortify its contact tracing capability and is calling on its citizens to join and help.

On Friday, July 24, the Mandaue City Public Information Office announced that the city government would hire contact tracers in an effort to curb a new surge of coronavirus infections.

The Mandaue City PIO said those who would be accepted as contact tracers would receive a monthly pay of P12,000 and a cellular load allowance.

Who can apply? Here are the requirements:

  • Applicant must be graduates of Bachelor’s Degree on Allied Medical courses, and other health-related courses, or criminology;
  • Second priority are applicants who have completed at least 2 years of college education in Medical/health or criminology related course;
  • Or one year of relevant experience and 4 hours of relevant training.

According to the Mandaue City PIO, contact tracing training will be provided to those who qualify.

Those interested to join the Mandaue City Contact Tracing Team may submit their application letters and resumes to the Mandaue City Human Resources Office at the Mandaue City Hall.

Meanwhile, the Mandaue City PIO also announced that it recently purchased 300 units of fingertip pulse oximeters for COVID-19 patients.

The oximeters are used measure how well patients are oxygenating.

The electronic device is clipped on a patient’s finger to measure heart rate and oxygen saturation of the red blood cells.

300 units of fingertip pulse oximeters will be provided for the patients of Mandaue City Central Isolation Facility and Barangay Isolation Units.

On Thursday, July 23, Mandaue City PIO posted a public advisory detailing the city’s new ordinance imposing a hefty fine on non-wearing of face masks in public places.

“Even improper wearing of masks in public is punishable,” according to Mandaue City PIO.

Under City Ordinance No. 15-2020-1531, the non-wearing of face masks is punishable with a P5,000 penalty.

“Wear your masks or pay the penalty? The choice is up to you,” said the city government.

The Mandaue City Police and LGU personnel will strictly implement all provisions of the ordinance and apprehend all violators.

As of July 23, Mandaue City has recorded 55 new recoveries and 56 new confirmed cases, bringing the total counts to 702 recoveries, 838 active cases, and 50 deaths. –