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Gordon urges gov’t to come up with comprehensive plan to quell COVID-19

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Senator Richard Gordon has called on the government to come up with a comprehensive plan on how to quell or at least control the COVID-19 pandemic amid warnings by health experts that the dreaded will remain like other seasonal diseases, even after the advent of a vaccine.

“Unang-una, kailangan meron tayong grand plan on how we are going to quell COVID. And that’s gonna be here, anywhere from this year to another four years. Maaari, kasi hindi aalis ‘yan,” said Gordon, chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).

“Kahit na may vaccine na ‘yan, parang flu ‘yan, parang pneumonia, kahit meron kang vaccine, meron pa rin. Pero kahit umabot ng four years, two years o three years, dapat my policy tayo diyan, ano ang gagawin natin para ma-combat ‘yan,” he added.

Gordon stressed that with the expected rise in the number of cases due to the country’s increased testing capability brought by the opening of various molecular laboratories, “a policy should be formed to ensure that there will be sufficient hospitals, health institutions and quarantine facilities to accommodate infected citizens.”

Gordon also reiterated that testing is the key to get the economy going after the battering it took due to the pandemic.

He added that the need to undertake measures that would allow industries and business establishments to reopen but would also minimize health risks to the people, such as the employees.

“Testing is the key to reviving our economy. ‘Yung makakapagtrabaho, i-test natin, pero siguraduhin pa rin ang kanilang kaligtasan, ‘yung mga sasakyan nilang bus, merong proper social distancing, saka proper mask na palaging dapat isuot at palaging paghuhugas ng kamay, lahat ng mga gusali ay palaging may soap and water para palaging makapaghugas ang tao,” he said.

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