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Discipline ‘key’ in curbing COVID-19

ILIGAN CITY, Sep.22 (PIA) – Discipline remains the key in curbing the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Dr. Belinda Lim, health cluster manager of the Iligan Emergency Operations Center (EOC), emphasized this in a virtual press briefing Tuesday.

She said the only way to slow down COVID-19 transmission is for the people to comply and strictly observe the health and safety protocols.

“Ang pag spread sa COVID-19 sa atong syudad tungod man gud ni sa atong mga katawhan nga wala nagsunod sa insaktong health protocol sama sa pagsol-ob sa mask, wala mag observe sa physical ug social distancing,” she added.

(The spread of COVID-19 in our city is due to people’s non-compliance with proper health protocol like wearing of a mask, observance physical and social distancing.)

Lim noted that they have encountered many challenges in the EOC but making the public comply strictly with health protocols remains the biggest challenge.

“Maski MECQ na, mag sige gihapon lakaw-lakaw maski gamay nga panginahanglanon nga dili gyud essential mogawas gyud, mamisita nga supposedly kung MECQ wala nay social gathering,… maski unsaon nimo color coding, manggawas lang gihapon, magparty lang gihapon,” she cited.

[Even with MECQ, they still go strolling, they go out even if what they need is not essential, they visit places when in fact during MECQ social gathering is not allowed. Even if we impose color coding, people will still go out, and attend parties.]

With this, Lim called for understanding and support from Iliganons to win the war against COVID-19.  

“Magpakabana kita alang sa atong kaugalingon, likayan ang panagtapok, healthy lifestyle atong ipalambo. Atong sundon ug buhaton ang mga minimum health standards,” she said.

[Let us care for ourselves, avoid gatherings, promote a healthy lifestyle. Let us follow and practice the minimum health standards.]

As of September 21, the EOC has logged 626 confirmed COVID-19 positive of which 150 are active cases. The city’s recovery rate is at 71.40% or 447 cases while Case Fatality Rate is at 4.63% o 29 cases. (APB/PIA-ICIC)

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