SENATOR Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go called on the public to remain vigilant against the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus in the country.
Go also said that as chair of the Senate committee on health, he will closely monitor the situation regarding the disease.
“Bilang chair ng Senate committee on health, tungkulin ko ding masigurado na sapat ang mga hakbang at polisiya ng gobyerno upang masiguradong protektado ang kalusugan at kaligtasan ng ating mga mamamayan,” Go said in an interview during his visit to fire
Go also urged Filipinos to follow safety measures and guidelines provided by the Department of Health (DOH) to prevent contamination and further spread of viruses.
“Sundin lang natin ang ating mga opisyales. Marami naman silang safety measures na ginagawa, sundin lang natin ang mga wastong measures para maiwasan ang sakit,” he said.
“Nananawagan ako sa ating mga kababayan na maging vigilant. Panatilihing malinis, lalo na ang inyong mga kamay, at iwasang humawak ng mga buhay na hayop na maaaring panggalingan ng coronavirus,” he added.
Go also urged the DOH to intensify its information campaign to make the public aware of preventive measures to contain the spread of this previously unidentified coronavirus.
“Kailangang ma-intensify pa ng DOH ang kanilang information dissemination hinggil sa sakit na ito,” he said, emphasizing that having an informed citizenry will empower communities to be able to address health risk concerns.
Health authorities are currently on high alert after a five-year-old boy who traveled to Cebu City from Wuhan, China showed some of the symptoms. The boy was brought to a hospital in Cebu City after he showed signs of fever, throat irritation and cough before entering the country. A specimen was sent to Australia to determine or identify the exact virus strain.
Asked if the health department committed lapses which resulted in the entry of the virus to the country, Go said that the health department is doing its best to handle the situation.
“Hindi naman po siguro. Ginagawa naman ng DOH ang kanilang makakaya. Kahit naman sa ibang bansa there is always a possibility po,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sen. Go joined the launching of the 59th Malasakit Center in the country at the General Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital in Trece Martires City in Cavite, one of the areas affected by the recent eruption of Taal Volcano.
Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop for indigent and financially incapacitated patients who need medical and financial assistance from relevant government agencies, specifically the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
“Basta Pilipino ka, qualified kang makatanggap ng serbisyo mula sa kahit saang Malasakit Center,” Go said.
Aside from the newly opened Malasakit Center in Cavite, two other Malasakit Centers are located in areas that are affected by the eruption of Taal volcano. One is at the Batangas Provincial Hospital in Batangas City, and another one is at the Quezon Medical Center in Lucena City in nearby Quezon province.
The Senator also thanked the people of Cavite for helping the evacuees from Batangas, where Taal is located, even if they themselves are affected by the eruption of the volcano.
“Salamat sa mga taga-Cavite. Talagang matulungin itong mga Caviteño. Kayo po ang nag-cater sa mga evacuees mula sa mga naging biktima ng Taal. Sana huwag nang pumutok ang Taal na ‘yan dahil talagang maraming apektado, paralyzed ang mga negosyo,” he said.
Go proceeded to Alfonso, Cavite, to provide assistance to the victims of the eruption, and before attending the opening of the Malasakit Center, he distributed financial and relief assistance to the victims of a fire in Barangay Santo Domingo in Quezon City.