The country’s frontliners know how to beat the enemy (coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and keep the virus at bay, while there is still no vaccine available.
Senator Christopher “Bong’’ Go, chairman of the Senate health and demography committee, stressed this as he supported an appeal of the Health Care Professionals Alliance Against COVID-19 (HPAAC) for reconsideration of the policy of the Inter-Agency Task Force reducing the length of physical distancing in public utility vehicles (PUVs).
“Sa laban natin kontra COVID-19, bigyan natin ng importansya ang posisyon ng mga medical experts. Pinakikinggan po palagi ni Pangulong Duterte ang mga rekomendasyon ng mga eksperto tulad ng mga doktor. Sila kasi ang mas nakakaalam sa aspetong kalusugan,’’ Go said. (In the current fight against COVID-19, let us give importance to the position of medical experts. President Duterte usually hears the recommendation of our experts such as doctors. These experts know the aspects of health care.)
“Sa panahong ito, importante ang ekonomiya pero mas importante ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino. Ang pera ay kikitain natin pero ang buhay ay hindi nabibili ng pera. A life lost is lost forever,’’ Go pointed out. (While the economy is important, the lives of Filipinos are more important. We can earn money but money cannot buy life.)
With this, Go agrees with the recommendation of medical experts of maintaining the 1-meter physical distancing
“Kapag nakita kasi ng mga tao na pumayag na tayo na luwagan ang physical distancing measures sa public transportation, baka pumasok sa isip ng tao na pwede na palang maging kampante sa iba pang lugar. Mahihirapan tayo na limitahan lang sa transportation aspect ang polisyang ito,’’ he added. (People might feel confident that it is safe when they see government is willing to reduce the length of physical distancing. We may have difficulty in limiting it not only in transportation but in other aspects.)
“Let us always remember that according to studies from experts, physical distancing is one of the most effective ways to avoid transmission of COVID-19. In addressing the needs of the public transport sector, let us find other ways to help the livelihood of PUV operators and drivers without putting at risk their lives and the lives of others,’’ he stressed.