Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco has appealed to the national government to extend the services of nurses and contact tracers deployed in the city until December 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Climaco sent separate letters to Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to make the request.
“One of our challenges has always been the shortage of healthcare workers as well as effective contact tracing. The invaluable services of the nurses and contact tracers are crucial to our sustained effort to battle this pandemic,” she said in the letters.
As of December 22, she noted that Zamboanga City lodged 3,576 confirmed Covid-19 cases, of which 3,248 have recovered and 161 deaths or active cases of 167.
Of the total active cases, 42 have been admitted at the Zamboanga City Medical Center, 33 have been confined in private hospitals while 92 have been isolated in facilities handled by the local government unit.
“We are therefore earnestly appealing for the Department of Health and the Department of Interior and Local Government for the extension of services of Covid-related personnel until December 2021,” Climaco said.