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4 Agdao market vendors fail health screening

May 26, 2020 - Tuesday 6:05 PM by Romeo Braceros

Article Banner Image DISINFECTANT. A worker of Barangay Centro Agdao in Davao City wears a personal protective equipment as he sprays a disinfectant on the hands of a resident before allowing him to enter the village on April 25, 2020. MINDANEWS

DAVAO CITY — Mayor Sara Duterte on Tuesday said four vendors at the Agdao Public Market failed the COVID-19 health screening conducted by the City Health Office (CHO) on Monday.

In her regular interview with Davao City Disaster Radio, the mayor said the four vendors were among the initial 464 vendors who underwent the health screening to detect possible COVID-19 carriers in one of the biggest wet markets in the city.

She said the COVID-19 health screening did not only consist of rapid COVID-19 testing but also medical inquiry on the health status and medical history of the persons.

"Aside sa RDT ginapangutana sad sila kung naa silay ubo or kung naa ba silay kapamilya nga naay ubo," she said.

(Aside from Rapid Diagnostic Test [RDT], they are also asked if they have a cough or if they have family members who have cough.)

The mayor said those who failed Monday’s health screening will undergo swab testing and treatment at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).

City Hall had closed the Agdao Public Market on May 23 after contract tracing showed that six of the latest COVID-19 positive cases in the city had exposure in the area.

The mayor said the City Health Office decided to temporarily close the market to sanitize it and find the vendors and market personnel who have possible signs of COVID-19.

She said she hopes the market closure would be for only seven days but it could be extended depending on the advice of the doctor.

She said affected vendors need not worry since the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) will provide assistance to them.

She said all those working inside the Agdao Public Market are required to undergo the health screening.

"If the vendor refuses to undergo the health screening, that person is not allowed to return to sell inside the market," she said.