Face mask anew?

December 3, 2023 People's Tonight 97 views

IT IS heartening to know that the government is ready to meet the medical needs of the Filipino people in case of a new health crisis.

Concerned health authorities issued the timely asssurance after the reported upsurge of a respiratory illness among children in China.

A health official reportedly called the disease “walking pneumonia, which is caused by “pathogen mycoplasma pneumoniae.”

But he explained that “hindi pa malinaw ang sanhi ng mga pagkakasakit kung mula sa mycoplasma pneumoniae o dahil sa mga viruses.”

Note that the dreaded COVID-19 claimed the lives of millions of people, including Filipinos, and displaced workers across the globe.

Let’s not forget that the government succeeded in addressing the two-year coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The authorities said they are prepared to face any disease “bunsod ng mga kakayanan na natutuhan (natin) sa pag-responde sa COVID-19.”

We share their view that there’s a need to strengthen public health measures, including the voluntary use of mask in public places.

At the height of the crippling COVID-19 pandemic, government authorities imposed the mandatory wearing of mask in the country.

Certainly, the authorities should be commended for employing all means to ensure the health and safety of the Filipino people.