The Philippine government is eyeing to hire some 50,000 COVID-19 contact tracers starting July.
Thursday, June 11, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online briefing, “I talked to Secretary Año regarding this since they are the ones who will implement the tracing. They have targeted to start hiring in July. Initially, they will hire 50,000 tracers.”
Contact tracers track down those who had close contact with individuals who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19.
In President Duterte‘s report to Congress on the use of his additional powers Monday, he said over 15,000 individuals have already been trained to conduct contact tracing.
“As of 04 June 2020, a total of 15,386 contact tracing team members have been trained,” Duterte said in his report.
Previously, the Department of Health (DOH) said it is still short of about 94,000 contact tracers for COVID-19 to achieve the ideal ratio of one contact tracer per 800 persons.
DOH said the country only has about 34,000 contact tracers so far.