The Manila City government has launched a social media portal which allows citizens to update local health officials about their current health situation with ease.
The portal is accessible via messenger of the official Facebook page of Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso (facebook.com/iskomorenodomagoso).
It includes access to an online questionnaire only for Manila City residents, as well as official hotlines of the Manila Emergency Operations Center (MEOC) and the Department of Health (DOH).
“Our capability to understand yours and your loved ones’ health situations in an open and transparent manner is a powerful means of quickly identifying persons who may need medical attention now,” Domagoso said.
“This is also a means to help direct you to qualified medical professionals who can provide you valuable medical assessment, guidance and advice and information,” he added.
With almost three million people in the nation’s capital, Domagoso said the city government should maximize the use of technology to “accurately monitor and assess the current health situation of our constituents.”
The Mayor stressed that this will supplement the city’s on-ground monitoring regularly conducted by barangay officials.
“Our objective is to contain and delay the spread. This will allow us to provide the most suitable and timely form of assistance to our constituents. Para hindi bara bara lang. May pinagbabasihan,” Domagoso said.
“This is not a self-assessment test to self diagnose if you have Covid-19. Hindi po sa online quiz malalaman kung may sakit ka. Only a doctor can diagnose you. If you think you are experiencing symptoms, call the hotline so you can be guided by a medical professional on what to do next,” he added.
These initiatives, the Mayor said, are only part of the city government’s response efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the city government launched the Manila Center for Infectious Disease Control at the Sta. Ana Hospital.
So far, the city has reported a total number of ten confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Manila Emergency Operation Center Hotline (MEOC)
8926-2385 and 8926-2386
DOH COVID-19 Hotline
(02)8-651-7800 local: 1149-1150