Davao opens first 24/7 COVID-19 Cluster Clinic

The city government of Davao and its agency partners opened on Friday (Dec. 3) the first 24/7 Covid-19 Cluster Clinic at Doña Vicenta Village in Bajada.

In a statement, the city government said the clinic will further enhance the local government’s response to the evolving coronavirus pandemic.  

The newly-opened health facility is the first of the eight clinics to be opened by the city government to provide services for all COVID-related concerns, free of charge and open for 24 hours.

Mayor Sara Duterte spearheaded the opening ceremony and was joined by representatives from partner agencies and the Chargé d’ Affaires, ad interim of U.S. Embassy Manila, Heather Variava.

The city government has partnered with Reach Health-U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for the realization of said COVID-19 Cluster Clinic.

Davao City COVID-19 Task Force Spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser said that the clinic is a one-stop site offering free contact tracing, consultation and medicine, swab test, quarantine or isolation, transportation, and food for suspected, probable, or confirmed Covid-19 cases.

“All services related to COVID-19 management are there. All will be provided to our patients,” Schlosser said.

She added that the close contacts of COVID-19 positive and persons with COVID-19 related symptoms or those with influenza-like-illness (ILIs) can also be assessed in the COVID Cluster Clinic.

“The clinic does not limit in terms of the number of patients. We have enough doctors to address their concerns,” Schlosser said.

The clinic will also utilize telemedicine that people can consult and communicate with doctors on COVID-related matters in the safety of their homes.

The opening of the first clinic is only a part of the commitment of Mayor Sara, who in August this year bared the city’s plan to establish cluster clinics to enhance the services of the city health districts that have been functioning for both COVID-19 related and the regular or established health programs amid a limited workforce. (NW)