Friday, 16 October 2020 08:36

Moreno: It´s the people, not lockdowns that can stop COVID-19

Written by Stephen Capillas
Moreno: It´s the people, not lockdowns that can stop COVID-19 Screengrab photos by Stephen Capillas with CHO infographics
It is the people of Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental and northern Mindanao that can stop COVID-19 and not a government enforced lockdown, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno said Thursday noon (Oct. 15).
 
´As I´ve been saying repeatedly, no matter what the government does (and it has done a lot) it cannot solve the problem alone. It is only through each individual and collective effort in strictly complying with minimum public health standards that we can hope to overcome the pandemic,´ Mayor Moreno said during Thursday noon´s press briefing.
 
CHO resident epidemiologist Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya cited a statement by Dr. David Nabarro, World Health Organization (WHO) special envoy on COVID-19, who said they don´t advocate ´lockdowns´ ´as a primary means of control of the coronavirus.´ ´By and large we´d rather not do (advocate) it,´ Nabarro said in reference to lockdowns.
 
´To suppress (COVID-19) outbreaks fast, we need three things; a well-organized localized health services which prioritizes among other things testing, contact tracing and isolation; second, localized involvement (of stakeholders) to deal with localized spikes; and third, leveling with people ´to pull together´ and comply with minimum health protocols,´ Dr. Nabarro said in an interview with Andrew O´Neil at SpectatorTV.
 
Dr. Retuya pointed to Cebu, whose COVID-19 cases went down but didn´t end even after enduring a prolonged lockdown imposed by the national government. ´The lockdown won´t end the COVID-19 cases until the public cooperates and complies with minimum health protocols,´ Dr. Retuya said.
 
As of 10 pm, Oct. 14, Cagayan de Oro City recorded 17 new cases including one death and three health workers infected, City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said. ´The city recorded a cumulative total of 1,139 confirmed cases so far of which 359 are active or ongoing cases or about 31.51 percent of the total number of cases,´ Dr. Nery said.
 
Despite this, Mayor Moreno said the city governmnent will still find ways to contain and stop the spread of COVID-19 cases without resorting to a lockdown. ´´God forbid if we allow the situation to worsen, everyone will suffer. We solve the problem without a lockdown by complying with health protocols,´ Mayor Moreno said.