Public Health Expert Appeal to Government Give Face Shields to Filipinos for Free
A public health expert said the government should give away free face shields to encourage Filipinos to wear the additional protection.
Dr. Tony Leachon urged the government that they should give Filipino free face shields. He said in an interview with ABS-CBN News, the face shields on top of a face mask to serve as additional protection against COVID-19.
Leachon said this was in reaction to two surveys showing that fewer people wear face masks compared to other health standards such as wearing face masks and frequent hand washing.
This, was in reaction to two surveys which show fewer people wearing face shields compared to other health standards such as wearing face masks and frequent hand washing, said Leachon.
According to the report, the OCTA Research Group survey conducted from December 9 to 13 showed that only 83% of Metro Manila residents wear face shields and only 61% wear them regularly.
Pulse Asia, meanwhile, conducted a survey from November 23 to December 2, which showed only 20% of Filipino wore face shields. Both surveys were done before face shields were made mandatory in December.
Before that surveys conducted the Department of Health (DOH) is already encouraging Filipino people to wear additional protective gear against the virus. Leachon said economic managers should also refrain from urging people to shop at malls or other crowded places.
Leachon stressed that because it takes a long time before the COVID-19 vaccines arrive in the Philippines, the government should temporarily spend on other types of protection such as free face masks and face shields.
He also said the government should also find a way to educate more people about the benefits of vaccines, especially in the aforementioned surveys which show that most respondents are either indecisive or unwilling to get anti-COVID shots.
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