A ranking officer of the Department of Health – Cordillera who was at the lead of the fight against Covid-19 in the first seven months has pleaded with her kakailyans (provincemates) of Mountain Province especially Bontoc to follow strictly minimum health protocols after the province logged a record high cases Wednesday, March 25.
DoH – Cor assistant regional director Amelita Macliing Pangilinan, who was officer in charge of the office until Sept. 20 last year when director Ruby Constatino assumed the position, asked residents of the province to do their best as Mountain Province listed 168 new positive cases with Bontoc logging 88.
It was the second biggest in the Cordillera region after the 190 logged in Baguio earlier this month.
Mountain Province also saw two deaths Wednesday, an 85-year old male confined at the Luis Hora Memorial Hospital in Abatan, Bauko and a 61-year old male from Sagada, Mountain Province, who was confined at the St. Theodore Hospital of said town.
“Apay adi kayo ngen umegyat (Are you not afraid)?” asked Pangilinan to the people of the province especially Bontoc. She said that there is already a widespread community transmission.
She asked her kakailyans if they can be the solution of the big problem while reminding them of their responsibility to make the minimum health standards a way of life.
She said they must practice BIDA Solution + sa Covid-19 campaign. BIDA stands for Bawal ang walang face mask at face shield, Isanitize ang Kamay at Iwasan ang kulob na lugar, Dumistansya ng isang metro at limitahan ang pisikal na interaksyon sa iba, Alamin ang tama at totoong impormasyon.
Plus (+) is Suportahan ang FDA [Foode and Drug Administration] -approved na bakuna (Support the FDA-approved vaccine).
She also urged her provincemates to submit themselves for vaccination and take whatever Covid-19 vaccine that is FDA approved when their turn comes; it is free, safe and effective.
“This is my earnest plea to my kakailians. Let us not wait for the worst to come! That time might be too late!” she added.