Family planning urged amid enhanced community quarantine
Marje Pelayo • March 26, 2020 • 1179
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) plans to release helpful guidelines to ensure unhampered execution of other health-related programs of the government amid the imposed enhanced community quarantine.
According to POPCOM, programs on family planning and reproductive health must be implemented side by side to avert population growth at this time of health crisis.
Economic and Development Undersecretary and POPCOm Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III explained that increase in population is highly possible during lockdown as couples are expected to spend most of their time with each other and their families.
Records show that during the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, a significant growth in population was noted in Eastern Samar as residents remained in evacuation centers.
“Kung hindi tayo magpatuloy ng programa natin sa family planning, dadami ang bilang ng mga unplanned pregnancy, (If we stop our programs on family planning, the rate of unplanned pregnancy will grow),” Preze explained.
“Mabu-burden pa rin uli ang ating health system ng biglang paglaki, (Sudden increase in population will further burden our health system),” he added.
The official also noted the possible emergence of diseases especially in urban poor areas due to congestion. For this reason, he suggested that barangay health workers should do regular monitoring.
“Katulad ng tuberculosis, HIV, mga RH related na diseases, ang mga sakit ng mga matatanda dahil nahihiya sila o natatakot lumabas ng bahay, iniinda na lang nila sa bahay ang sakit (Conditions like tuberculosis, HIV, other reproductive health-related diseases, disease associated with old age, patients are perhaps embarrassed of their condition or worried of going out so they just keep it to themselves),” Perez said.
The official said it is important that during this time, provinces must prepare and equip their health facilities and health care workers ahead of potential increase in cases of COVID-19 in their respective localities. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
The caravan will be held from October 31 to November 1 at the Kartilya ng Katipunan near Manila City Hall in Ermita, Manila. The drive-through RFID installation will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will accommodate class 1 vehicles which are cars, SUVs and passenger vans only.
Motorists do not need to prepare any documents but must prepare P200 for the initial load. Authorities also advised motorists to wear face masks and face shields. AAC
A 24-hour liquor ban will be reimposed in Davao City from November 2 to December 31, Mayor Sara Duterte said.
Under Executive Order No. 59, Duterte ordered the ban of sale, serving, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in public effective 5 a.m. of November 2.
The reimposition of the liquor ban stemmed from the results of City Health Office contact tracing of patients positive of the coronavirus showing their exposure during drinking sessions.
“There is an urgent need to reimpose a 24-hour liquor ban in Davao City to prevent the exposure of individuals to the COVID-19 virus because of their unbridled drinking sessions,” Duterte said in the order.
Mayor Sara also emphasized the necessity to reimpose the 24-hour liquor ban as another preventive step to control gatherings and stop the cases from spiking because the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMFs) has reached their full occupancy of the COVID-19.
To recall, Duterte lifted the 24-hour liquor ban on September 21 after six months of restrictive community quarantine.
The city government warned to impose a one strike rule on establishments violating the liquor ban.
The city’s Vices Regulation Unit and Barangay Council were also tasked to conduct vigorous surveillance of all restaurants, fast-food, sari-sari stores, and similar establishments and must immediately move for the closure of an establishment after a single violation is properly documented.
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