Pinoys accepts government COVID-19 response

Filipinos have given the government’s national response to the pandemic a high approval rating of 88% in the National Capital Region (NCR), 79% from Luzon, 92% from Visayas and 80% from Mindanao, on the based on a recent survey not commissioned by OCTA Research.

“Eight out of 10 Filipinos approve of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This response has always been under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19,” the Secretary said. to Health Francisco Duque III. .

Among the different socio-economic classes, brackets A, B and C gave the response to the pandemic an approval rating of 82%. Band D – the lower middle class gave 85%, and Band E – the marginalized population gave 68%.

Overall, the whole-of-government, whole-of-society approach to the pandemic garnered an 83% positive response, an above-average rating.

A positive rating of 91% on willingness to get vaccinated among Filipinos was also recorded. Respondents from the NCR gave a positive rating of 94%, Luzon with 90%, Visayas with 83% and Mindanao with 93% in the same category.

The DOH, through its various campaigns such as the BIDA Solusyon Initiatives, RESBAKUNA Deployments, and Bayanihan Bakunahan Days, to name a few, aimed to provide protection to the Filipino people throughout the pandemic, including including the height of COVID-19 cases in January.

This was made possible through the continuous efforts of the national government, as well as close coordination with different medical institutions, frontline health workers, local government units, private sector and development partners, as well as partner organizations and stakeholders.

Besides the provision of COVID-19 vaccines, other precautionary measures such as vaccination against vaccine-preventable diseases are made possible through the Universal Health Care Act, which will help give a more holistic approach to the system. health in the country and improve the government’s response. against the virus.

“The safe reopening of our economy has been made possible not only by the whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach, but also thanks to the trust, cooperation and trust of the Filipino people. With vaccines as our best defense in this pandemic, no one will be left behind as we move towards the new normal,” Duque said.

In related developments, the Health Ministry said all close contacts of a Finnish traveler who is the Philippines’ first case of the omicron BA.2.12 subvariant remained asymptomatic on Friday.

Six local contacts of the woman who arrived April 2 also tested negative for COVID-19, while the others were not tested under current protocols because they were asymptomatic, the DOH said in a statement.

Three of the 30 close contacts on the plane have returned to their home countries and no other close contacts have been identified, the DOH said.

The Finnish woman traveled to Quezon City and Baguio City to conduct seminars and experienced mild symptoms after 9 days, the DOH said earlier.

The foreigner returned to her home country on April 21 after recovering and completing her 7-day isolation, he added.

BA.2.12 is a subvariant of omicron that comprises the majority of COVID-19 cases in the United States, the DOH said, citing data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC). United.

It is currently not a variant of interest or a variant of concern.

Verification and updates are still ongoing on the case of the Finnish woman and 15 other foreign travelers to Palawan who tested positive
for COVID-19, the DOH also said.

Thirteen of the tourists were asymptomatic while two had mild symptoms from April 27 to 28, the DOH said.

Fourteen were isolated in facilities while one was hospitalized, he added. The 15 foreign tourists were fully vaccinated, the DOH also
mentioned.

Meanwhile, health experts are now strictly monitoring the most vulnerable population groups or immunocompromised people to better protect them against new coronavirus subvariants, said Dr. Ted Herbosa, medical adviser to the Task Force. nationwide against COVID-19.

Herbosa said the Department of Health and the NTF have adopted “sentinel surveillance” or strict monitoring of immunocompromised groups.

“The DOH and the NTF have changed their approach. We are now in “sentinel surveillance”. We no longer monitor the number of cases every day,” Herbosa said during the Laging Handa briefing.

“What’s more important to us now is the vulnerable population,” he said.

“We are keeping an eye on those who are hospitalized and those with weak immunity. Newer sub-variants, including BA.2.12, are not as deadly as previous variants, but those with low immunity should be watched closely. We call this approach “sentinel reporting,” he said.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire earlier pointed out that the BA.2.12 subline was “2.5 times more infectious but not more severe” than the original Omicron variant.

The DOH has stated that at this time, BA.2.12 is neither a Variant of Interest nor a Variant of Concern.

“We will monitor those who have been hospitalized. People with COVID-19 who have mild, asymptomatic symptoms have stayed home, they will be isolated for a few days and then they will recover,” Herbosa said.

“So it looks like a regular flu, especially for those who haven’t experienced other illnesses. But people with comorbidities, including
those with cancer, kidney disease or those with HIV are at high risk of dying if infected with the new subvariants,” he said.

The Philippine Genome Center said no onward transmission of Omicron’s BA.2.12 subvariant has been detected in the country after health authorities detected its first case in Baguio City.

PGC Executive Director Dr. Cynthia Saloma said that the Omicron BA.2.12 subline was circulating in other countries including Canada, North America and Europe, which could have led the national Finnish to acquire the virus.

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