MOH Director General Dr. Amirel Usman and MOH Minister Dr. Bashary Latiph provide updates on Covid-19 cases, vaccination programs, and other health programs of the BARMM in a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 15.
COTABATO CITY—Regional health officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) reported it continuously administered 391,044 vaccinations against Covid-19 during a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 15, in this city.
Dr. Amirel Usman, director general of the Ministry of Health (MOH), said the BARMM has already vaccinated 150,985 individuals with their first dose of either Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or Sinopharm vaccines, and 83,217 of them already received their second dose.
Nearly 157,000 individuals from the region’s geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas were fully vaccinated with the single shot Janssen jabs.
“Unti-unti at umuusad pa rin po ang ating pagbabakuna sa ibat-ibang parte ng region,” Dr. Usman said.
Statistics show Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur have the highest vaccination rate among BARMM’s provinces with 103,092 vaccinations and 102,714 vaccinations, respectively.
The region has received a total of 646,340 vaccines from the national government.
While Covid-19 infection in the region is on upward trend, MOH Minister Dr. Bashary Latiph said “the cases are still manageable.”
The region has lodged 73 fresh cases, bring the total cases to 11,528 as of Tuesday, or less than one percent of the country’s total cases at 2.25 million.
With a total of 10,128 recoveries, including Tuesday’s recoveries, the region’s recovery rate of infected individuals is at 87.85 percent.
“Alam natin na the for several weeks, ay medyo tumaas ang datos ng Covid-19 [cases] dito sa ating rehiyon, pero still manageable pa naman,” Dr. Latiph said.
The MOH has also continuously provided support to its referral hospitals, including the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center (CRMC), Amai Pakapak Medical Center (APMC), Maguindanao Provincial Hospital, Dr. Serapio Montañer District Hospital, among others.
On Monday night, the APMC received 200 cylinders of oxygen with regulator to augment the shortage of supply in the hospital. The CRMC will also receive similar hospital support on Thursday. (Bangsamoro Information Office)