BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Thirty-nine workers of the Negros Occidental provincial government, who had tested positive for Covid-19, are now back to work after their full recoveries, with 13 others remaining, including the two infected by the virus Monday, still in isolation at the Mambukal Mountain Resort facility in Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday.
Diaz reported that majority of the 13 remaining Capitol employees, who are in isolation, including Board Member Manuel Frederick Ko, former Human Resource Division chief Anabelle Palic, and Executive Assistant 4 Marie June Castro, are expected to complete their 14-day isolation this week.
Since last year, 52 Capitol employees were infected by the virus, prompting Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson to adopt a four-day work scheme for all employees, to prevent the spread of the virus.
As part of their precautionary measures against Covid-19 infection at the Capitol workplace, Diaz said they have installed air filters in some offices to purify the air in air-conditioned offices, establishment of outdoor al fresco for employees to get fresh air, while on break, at the multi-purpose building roof deck, while liaison officers at the Provincial Administrator’s Office put up tables at the Capitol corridors, so that receiving and review of documents will no longer take place in air-conditioned rooms.
“We hope that it will lessen the Covid-19 incidents among our employees,” he added.
Diaz also said that they are targeting to vaccinate 70 percent of the Capitol workforce, if not all, under the Barangay Kapitolyo vaccination rollout, which is on its fourth day as of May 25.
Although the vaccine does not guarantee that one will not get infected by the virus, Diaz said that health experts have revealed that the symptoms will not be severe when hit by the Covid-19, as he noted too, that all cases of Capitol employees are mild and asymptomatic.
Diaz also said that Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson wanted to make sure that medicines, like Remdesivir, are available for government employees, in case of emergency or hospitalization due to Covid-19.*