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Whole-of-nation approach vs pandemic urged

We seek everyone’s solidarity in strictly observing the health protocols to ensure that we keep new infections at bay and not further overwhelm our healthcare system.

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While the government remains on top of the situation in addressing the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go reiterated his call for a whole-of-nation approach to overcome the challenges posed by the new surges of infections worldwide.

The Senator lauded the active participation of various sectors in the bayanihan efforts to unburden the poor and vulnerable. He assured that all kinds of initiatives to help fellow Filipinos must be welcomed and commended.

“Initiatives such as the community pantry is proof that we are all in this fight against the ill-effects of the pandemic. It is but right that those who have more should help those that have less. Let us remember that this is not solely a government undertaking. We need to be together in this,” he said.

Go encouraged Filipinos to always prioritize the welfare of the general population and do their part in helping those in need. He added that efforts of various groups to help must be recognized instead of criticized.

He also urged the private sector to further refine its safety measures to minimize the risks of transmitting the Covid-19 virus, especially in workplaces, while ensuring that essential business operations remain unhampered.

“We seek everyone’s solidarity in strictly observing the health protocols to ensure that we keep new infections at bay and not further overwhelm our healthcare system,” Go said.

He also asked the government to ramp up the production and distribution of masks, especially to those who cannot afford to buy their own.

“The government must step in to provide these necessities and ensure compliance of the public with minimum health standards,” he emphasized.

The Senator continued to urge the government to always be inclusive by having an open dialogue with health experts and advocates to come up with viable solutions to various issues. In particular, he reiterated his appeal for the government to facilitate a thorough scientific study of potential Covid-19 medications and treatments, such as Ivermectin.

Keep minds open
“Let me clarify that I am not advocating for the use of any specific drug. We have regulatory processes in place that must be followed to protect the welfare of the public. However, we must keep an open mind so that Filipinos can be given access to any drug that may help prevent or cure Covid-19 as long as it has undergone the right process and is scientifically proven safe and effective,” he explained.

As groups and sectors wait for their turn to get inoculated, Go continues to remind Filipinos to be on the lookout and remain vigilant against the threats of Covid-19.

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