FORMER Health Secretary now Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin urged those who have traveled abroad or those who had direct contact with persons who tested positive for COVID-19 to have medical checkups.
Garin said this is one way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 amid reports that there is already a case of locally transmitted virus.
“Hindi immune ang mga Pinoys sa COVID-19. Sa labas ng bansa may mga kababayan tayong nahawa. Ngayon naman, may local case na tayo. Panahon na ngayon ng pagkakaisa at pagsuporta sa lahat,” Garin said in a statement.
Earlier, the Department of Health confirmed two more COVID cases in the country. One is the first noted local case of a 63-year old man from San Juan who also has hypertension and diabetes, and the second a 42-year-old lawyer who recently traveled to Japan
“I would like to reiterate that stigma and discrimination among suspected patients or those perceived to be exposed should be strongly discouraged. This kind of behavior discourages patients to seek medical attention. They end up hiding facts or refusing a check up,” Garin stressed.
“Kung lalaitin at kakatakutan ang mga posibleng maysakit, sila ay magtatago, at magsisinungaling, Hindi sila matuutulungan ng mga doktor at patuloy silang makakapanghawa nang hindi nila alam.
Habang walang pagod na gumagawa ng gamot at bakuna ang ating mga eksperto, gawin natin ang ating obligasyon na makatulong: frequent and proper handwashing, proper cough etiquette and do not touch your face with unclean hands,” she added.