Premature lockdown end bucked

AN opposition solon urged the national government to heed the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO) on premature lifting of lockdown.

Citing the WHO advice, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said the government should study carefully the premature lifting of lockdown and social distancing restrictions because a one-time or limited lockdown cannot effectively control the spread of viral transmission.

“Several internationally renowned epidemiologists also cautioned that ill-conceived post-lockdown policies may result in the resurgence of the dreaded disease,” Lagman said.

According to Lagman, while violators of lockdown barriers contribute to the difficulty of containing the spread of the novel coronavirus, the principal culprit is the government’s initial and current lack of test kits, mass testing equipment, personal protective equipment (PPEs), and adequately equipped quarantine facilities nationwide.

“Moreover, the depletion of the ranks of frontline healthcare professionals and workers, many of whom have been victims of the viral contagion, contribute to the problems of containment and cure,” Lagman added.

The Philippines has the highest mortality of frontline doctors in Southeast Asia and has the highest number of COVID-19 positive cases in the region.