Need for health control officer for sports in Cebu City cited

Published May 22, 2021, 2:42 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – With the return of some sporting activities here, the city Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has emphasized the importance of having a health infectious preventive control officer (HIPCO).

City Councilor Joel Garganera, chief of the city EOC, recently met coaches of the 21 sports that the Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) is promoting.

In the meeting, Garganera reminded the coaches to have trained HIPCO to ensure that the participants or athletes will be protected from COVID-19.

Practices must be held separately to avoid the gathering of too many people, Garganera said.

The EOC advised the coaches to hold their trainings at the Cebu City Sports Center, which has already resumed operations.

Garganera added that it would be better for the coaches to have their trainings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. when there are still less joggers at the sports facility.

Garganera said athletes should comply with basic health protocols “before and after the training.”

“Each athlete has to submit a list containing the names of their family members who have comorbidities or those who are senior citizens and pregnant because we will appeal that they will be prioritized in our vaccination program,” said Garganera.

Garganera said the protocols that the EOC and the sports commission are trying to formulate is a work in progress.

“We have to work together to make this effective but we emphasize that during trainings, there should be no body contact,” said Garganera.