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Fight against COVID-19 a marathon, not sprint – Duque

(PNA) – The fight against the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic is not a sprint but a marathon that calls for endurance, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III reminded the city officials of Pasay.

“Limang buwan na po nating binubuno ang problema natin sa Covid-19. Ito na talaga ang itsura ng laban natin. Ito’y hindi na sprint, marathon na ito. Patatagan po ang laban dito kaya kinakailangan talagang maging matatag po tayong lahat,” Duque said during the Covid-19 Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) meeting with Pasay City’s Task Force Covid on August 7.

Duque advised the local officials to keep healthy as the country continues to grapples with coronavirus that has so far infected 129,913 in the country.

“Alam kong nakakapagod, but we just have to recharge, re-energize, reconvene, review the plans, narrow them down, then execute,” he said.

READ ALSO: Duque assures COVID-19 response to continue amid self-quarantine

The coordination meeting with the Pasay City’s Task Force Covid is part of the National Task Force’s CODE initiative that demonstrates active case finding strategies for the prevention and elimination of clusters. “Active case finding” means systematic screening and clinical evaluation of patients in the community.

“Sa CODE, kapit-bisig po ang national and local governments, sa pangunguna ng local chief executives, sa pag-durog ng clusters,” he said.

“Tayo po ay magba-bahay-bahay, sa pangunguna ng isang healthcare worker — do house-to-house symptom check, immediate isolation ng mga may sakit o sintomas, and massive targeted testing kung saan ang swabbing ay ating isasagawa sa community na rin mismo,” Duque explained.

He also urged everyone to adopt BIDA solusyon! (B-awal walang mask, I-sanitize ang kamay, D-uminstansya at A-lamin ang tamang impormasyon!).

Duque said BIDA is the simplest yet proven measures to protect oneself from getting infected with coronavirus.

During the CODE meeting, Mayor Imelda G. Calixto-Rubiano reported how the local government manages Covid-19 cases in their jurisdiction.

She highlighted their executive ordinances, orders and resolutions that reinforced Department of Health’s (DOH) protocols and guidelines on Covid-19.

Rubiano also shared their pro-active and aggressive information drive to educate Pasay residents on how to protect themselves from Covid-19.

SEE ALSO: ‘Lumiko lang, hindi na-flatten’: Duque retracts statement about PH ‘successfully flattening’ COVID-19 curve following criticisms

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