PCSO urges caution vs respiratory illness

December 3, 2023 People's Tonight 127 views

With the holidays fast approaching, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Chairman Junie E. Cua urged the public to be “extra careful” to avoid illness.

This as the Department of Health reported this week that the country logged close to 200,000 cases of influenza-like illness (ILI) so far this year.

“I urge our fellow Filipinos to be extra careful para hindi tayo magkasakit, lalo na’t malapit na ang holiday season na panahon para sa mga social gathering,” Cua said.

According to the DOH, overall ILI cases in the country stood at 182,721 from Jan. 1 to Nov. 11 this year, 51 percent higher than the 121,160 reported cases in the same period in 2022.

Pneumonia cases are also up by 46 percent, with 158,762 pneumonia cases reported from January to October this year, from 108,982 infections recorded during the same period in 2022.

Cua called on the public to continue practicing health protocols established during the pandemic to reduce the risk of getting ill, as he emphasized that “prevention is better than cure.”

“Bagama’t lipas na ang pandemya, ang mga health protocols ay nagbibigay pa rin ng proteksyon laban sa mga virus na sanhi ng respiratory illness. Mas mabuti na pong umiwas dahil mahal magkasakit,” said the Chairman.

Cua also urged Filipinos to heed the DOH’s advice especially for children, the elderly, and other vulnerable sectors to observe protocols such as: voluntary masking, regular hand-washing, isolating when ill, ensuring adequate ventilation, and getting vaccinated.

“The holidays are a time for fun and fellowship, but I hope that we also engage in them responsibly. Kapag po nagkasakit tayo, tandaan natin na maaari tayong makahawa,” he reminded.