Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has urged Dabawenyos who are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to voluntarily seek medical assistance immediately.
The local chief executive said that seeking a voluntary medical check-up would make it easier for the health teams to conduct contact tracing.
“Kadtong mga dunay gibati nga symptoms maayo usa kung sila na gyud ang mosulti nga magpa test ko. Mas mapadali atong trabaho kung ing-ana (It is better if the people experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus to volunteer for testing. It will be easier for us),” she said.
Most infected people will develop mild to moderate symptoms such as fever, tiredness, and dry cough while others may experience aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, and diarrhea.
Duterte-Carpio said those showing symptoms could go to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and have themselves checked and evaluated if they will be subjected to test.
“Pwede ra pud mo-diretso sa SPMC para matest sila. Pero didto interviewhon na sila. Because naay ginatan-aw ang doctor kung paunsa ka i-classify as a case or as a patient. So interviewhon ka didto unsa ang nahitabo, and then moingon ang doctor ‘okay, for testing ni siya (They can also go directly to SPMC so they can be tested. But before that, they will be interviewed because the doctors will determine you as a case or as a patient. So you will be asked for details before the doctor will give the go signal for testing),” she said.
As of Tuesday, April 28, there are 113 positive COVID-19 cases in Davao City, 19 deaths, and 59 recoveries.