DOH pinag-iingat sa pagdeklara sa Pinas na “low-risk” sa COVID-19

DOH pinag-iingat sa pagdeklara sa Pinas na “low-risk” sa COVID-19

July 6, 2021 @ 1:22 PM 1 year ago


MANILA, Philippines – Pinaalalahanan ng World Health Organization (WHO) ang Department of Health  (DOH) na maging maingat sa pagdedeklara sa bansa bilang “low risk” sa coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“I think we need to be more cautious. It is not costly to err on the side of caution. We need to be consistent in our messaging, the public needs to be aware that the risk remains, they need to follow the protocols, they need to follow the minimum public health standards,” sinabi ni WHO representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe sa ANC.

“Giving them wrong messaging could result in lower compliance [in] minimum public health standards with mask-wearing, with the physical distancing, with the hygiene. So we have to be careful here,” dagdag nito.

Aniya dapat ipaliwanag nang mabuti ang pagklasipika ng bansa bilang “low-risk.”

“If you’re looking at it from the perspective of are we at low-risk of future COVID cases? No, we are not at low-risk of future cases. This is a pandemic, we are dealing with a very delicate situation where we are seeing for the first time, probably the most transmissible strain of the virus, that has mutated,” punto ni Abeyasinghe.

Kinikilala rin nito ang “significant progress” ng bansa sa pagbabakuna.

“So we continue to urge, from WHO’s perspective, that we use the available vaccines rationally, meaning we use the vaccines, recognizing that we have limited supply to protect the most at risk, the most vulnerable, so we potentially prevent the overwhelming of the hospitals if and when a surge of Delta variant or another variant happens,” giit nito.

Pinuri rin ng opisyal ang panuntunan ng bansa upang hindi kumalat ang Delta variant.

“We commend the Philippines for the measures they have implemented in holding the variant out. So far what we have confirmed among the limited sampling for genome sequencing is that we’ve only picked up Delta variant… at points of entry or returning Filipinos,” aniya.

“What is good is that, up to now, with the limited sampling, we have not been able to pick up evidence of Delta variant transmission in the communities. That is good because what we know about the transmissibility of the Delta variant is that it’s significantly more transmissible,” saad pa nito.

Nadagdagan ang kaso ng COVID variants sa bansa kung saan 256 pa ang natuklasan. RNT/ELM