Pangasinan revs up fight against COVID, other illnesses thru infomercials

Published July 17, 2020, 10:31 AM

by Liezle Basa Iñigo

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan —- The Provincial Government of Pangasinan, led by Gov. Amado I. Espino III, has vowed to continue strengthening its efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as well as other diseases through a series of infomercials that will help inform Pangasineses on preventive measures.

Capitol of Pangasinan (Liezle Basa Inigo / MANILA BULLETIN)
Capitol of Pangasinan (Liezle Basa Inigo / MANILA BULLETIN)

Anchored on the theme, “Kaalaman at Kahandaan ay Kaligtasan,” the infomercials will be posted on the official Facebook page of the Provincial Government and will be broadcast on TV, cable stations, and radio.

The number of deaths caused by COVID-19 recorded in the province of Pangasinan remained steady at nine since April 4 as reported by the Provincial Health Office.

Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa De Guzman, Provincial Health Officer, said they are conducting expanded targeted mass testing for frontliners, locally stranded individuals, and persons under monitoring.

Based on the data from the Department of Health (as of July 12), among the most populated provinces in the country, Pangasinan ranked 10th in terms of recorded COVID-19 positive cases.

The 10 largest provinces with the most number of cases are: Cebu (10, 177). Rizal (1,125), Laguna (1,068), Cavite (868), Bulacan (685), Batangas (406), Negros Occidental (237), Iloilo (217), and Pampanga (199).

De Guzman assured that the provincial government will maintain the essential health care system across the province and will not set aside other illnesses during the fight against COVID-19.

“Hindi natin pwedeng mapabayaan ang iba pang nakakahawa at mga nakamamatay na sakit. Lahat ito ay dapat pagtuunan natin ng pansin,” De Guzman said. (We can’t allow other illnesses to be sidetracked just because we are fighting COVID-19. We will also focus on them.)

The other illnesses include dengue, typhoid fever, leptospirosis, hepatitis A, influenza, and gastroenteritis which are prevalent during the rainy season.

De Guzman also included diseases which have a high mortality rate like heart diseases, pneumonia, cancer, tuberculosis, COPD, and diabetes.