By Ali Macabalang
COTABATO CITY – The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) led the observance of World Health Day (WHD) here last April 7 by thanking nurses, midwives and doctors and paramedics serving as frontline workers in the fight to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“BARMM is one with the rest of the world in recognizing the exemplary work of medicval workers and the critical role they play in keeping mankind safe and healthy,” BARMMA Health Minidter Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan said in statement marking this year’s WHD observance.
“Medical workers face the frontline with dedication and courage even if they also have their own fears and anxiety in their hearts,” Dipatuan said.
He added that this year’s observance of WHD became more relevant after physicians, nurses and other medical workers have become casualties in the global flight afaist COVID-19.
“To our nurses and midwives, we convey endless gratitude for their continued frontline services to our people. I offer my snappy salute,” he said.
BARMM, through its Ministry of Health (MoH), “guarantees full support” for the frontline health workers in acquiring supplies and equipment to be able to battle the COVID-19 disease, Dipatuan said.
In fact, he said, “BARMM is one of Mindanao regions that was early to procure and give supplemental medical and supplies and equipment for our frontline workers.”
Meanwhile, the BARMM’s Ministry of Trade, Investments and Tourism’s (MTIT), through its trade and industry bureau has formed a special team to closely monitor the prices of all basic goods and other essential medical supplies in the region amidst the outbreak of COVID-19 disease.
MTIT Minister Abuamri Taddik said the special team enforced a weekly price monitoring, in the areas of Bangsamoro region after the Presidential Declaration No. 922 on public health emergency was proclaimed last March 8.
He said team workers tapped both traditional and social media networks and posted tarpaulins in guiding business quarters about penal sanctions against hoarding and overpricing.
Violators of the price freeze could face fine ranging between P5,000 and P2 million, or imprisonment of not less than five years up to 15 years, the MTIT official said.