DOH Speaks on COVID-19 Pandemic in PH Now

Can DOH say that the COVID-19 pandemic is already controlled in PH?

DOH – The Department of Health spoke on the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines now amid the decrease in the number of daily cases recorded.

Several countries across the globe were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. It affected the tourism industries of many nations and as well as the economy. The pandemic cost millions of lives across nations.

After several months of waiting for the vaccines, early in 2021, several vaccine brands including Sinovac, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Sinopharm, Moderna, Sputnik V, and Sputnik Lite started circulating across the globe. Countries are in the pursuit of herd immunity or population protection.

In the Philippines, the national government targets to vaccinate at least 70 million people to achieve population protection against the COVID-19 virus. The whole country remains under community quarantine measures observing localized lockdowns.

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Meanwhile, a drop was noted in the daily record of the COVID-19 cases in the Philippines. Can the Department of Health (DOH) say that the pandemic in the country is already controlled now?

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, DOH admitted that it cannot declare yet that the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines is already in control. Health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire cited that there were instances in the past when the COVID-19 cases dropped but after some time it went up again.

According to the Vergeire, a longer period is needed to assess and evaluate what is happening in the Philippines now. Furthermore, the DOH Undersecretary expressed that it must be considered that each of the regional areas in the country has different situations and settings.

The health authorities reportedly consider the sustained implementation of the health protocols and the ramping up of the vaccination as big factors in controlling the pandemic in the country.

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