Naga graded with 96% by DOH in vax SimEx

By Jason B. Neola


NAGA CITY --- The LGU here was given a score of 96 percent by the assessors from the provincial office of the Department of Health for its last Tuesday’s simulation exercise (SimEx).


The exercise was conducted in preparation for the actual rollout, deployment, and distribution of Cvid-19 vaccines.


As of press time on Wednesday, the city government has yet to finalize the exact date for the actual vaccination roll-out.


Imelda Dacanay, development management officer of DOH-Camarines Sur and DOH representative assigned in this city, said that she felt happy that the LGU was able to earn a good grade in its SimEx “after a thorough assessment was conducted by four assessors of the DOH.”


The score was achieved due to the satisfactory performance of the medical healthcare workers at the Naga City Vaccination Operations Center/ Naga City Mega Vaccination Facility, who were able to conduct the SimEx within the allotted time frame given by the national health agency.


The assessors, however, advised the individuals who supervise the center to improve the facility’s ventilation as there will be several hundreds of vaccinees that will influx the area during the holding of actual vaccination.


The SimEx events that were appropriately and efficiently managed by the medical healthcare workers which lasted only for an hour were the following:


1. The vaccine transport from BMC to JMR Coliseum began at 2;00 PM that takes a travel time of less than three minutes (the vaccine vehicle, which was escorted by the PNP personnel, arrived at JMR Coliseum at 2:02:45 PM );


2. Receipt of the vaccine at the entrance steps of the vaccination facility, 2:07 PM;


3. Placement of vaccine at the cold room, 2:10 PM;


4. Start of registration of 50 mock vaccinees led by Mayor Nelson Legacion; 2:11 PM

(other vaccinees who are waiting in line are given with bay numbers and flyers on immunization);


5. Taking of mock vaccinees’s vital signs, 2:12 PM;


6. Mock vaccinees who were waiting in line will proceed to registration area, 2:13 PM;


7. At 2:15 PM, gate will be closed by the guard on duty;


8. At 2:16 PM mock vaccinees (MVs) were to proceed to counselling area. A 7-minute video will be played for MVs; and


9. Signing of consent form by MVs at 2:24 PM and at 2:26 PM MVs will undergo screening.


The DOH assessors were astounded how the frontliners managed so well the three scenarios that transpired during the SimEx: A male mock vaccinee who suffered hypertension, a female MV who collapsed and a power outage that was speedily resolve within three minutes by running a power generator.