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BONG GO: Vigilance and discipline needed to fully overcome Covid-19 pandemic

Too early to lift the State of Public Health Emergency

Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, head of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, stressed the need to continue implementing minimum public health standards amid recent proposals to lift the State of Public Health Emergency and make wearing of face masks optional in the country.

“It might be too early to lift the State of Public Health Emergency and the necessary health protocols imposed to contain the pandemic considering the continuing emergence of new variants,” said Go.

“These variants continue to cause an increase in hospitalization rates and we do not want to come again to a point where our healthcare system gets overwhelmed,” he added.

Go earlier authored and co-sponsored Republic Act No. 11712 which provides for benefits and allowances to public and private HCWs during the state of a public health emergency.

He also supported the passage of Bayanihan 1 and 2 which allowed the government to better address the challenges caused by the pandemic and maximize available resources to aid low-income households and the healthcare sector as well as inject needed support to the economy.

“As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, the health and safety of our people are my primary interests. We cannot afford to lose all the sacrifices we had over the last two years, including the lives of our frontliners which we have lost forever,” Go said.

BONG GO WANTS THOROUGH STUDY ON PHILHEALTH PREMIUM HIKE

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, the Committee on Health and Demography chair, said raising PhilHealth premium will only add to the burden of Filipinos still facing the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Last month, PhilHealth assured that increase in contributions will help ease the burden of members in hospitalization and expand other benefits.

Bong Go said the matter should studied farther and suggested that PhilHealth postpone the implementation of the premium hike.

Balance it all first. Study it thoroughly and hopefully, this would not be a burden to the poor. PhilHealth is still capable and hopefully, it can give an extension),” Go said.

COVID-19: Deadly BA2.12.1 Omicron subvariant infects 14 Pinoys

Too early to declare BA2.12.1 local transmission

The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said it is premature to declare a local transmission of the BA2.12.1 Omicron subvariant in the Philippines without enough evidence.Two local cases were detected in the National Capital Region (NCR) and 12 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan in… Read More

IS COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN THE PHILIPPINES COMING TO AN END?

DOH: New Covid-19 cases in PH hit plateau

MANILA – The number of new Covid-19 cases in the country is exhibiting a plateau, a health official said Tuesday.In an online media forum, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said there were 1,903 new infections recorded for the week of April 5 to 11.”Na tinataya… Read More

WHO lauds PH pandemic response

The World Health Organization has commended the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said WHO Regional Director for Western Pacific, Dr. Takeshi Kasai,commended Health Secretary Francisco Duque III’s… Read More

Duterte Covid-19 response key to more jobs

The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) senatorial aspirants lauded the economic policies adopted by President Rodrigo Duterte, resulting in marked improvement in the number of Filipinos finding jobs to support their families amid the Covid-19 pandemic.The ruling… Read More