What’s in the bag? VP Leni shares personal health care kit vs COVID-19

Published April 15, 2021, 12:17 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo is not one to take chances on her health. Since she’s hypertensive, she has to take extra precautions to guard herself from catching the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Leni Robredo Photographer: Geric Cruz/Bloomberg

Robredo shares that on a “personal level,” she does many things to boost her immune system and make sure she’s safe from the virus. 

“It pays na medyo praning tayo dahil gaya po sa amin, lalo sa opisina, hindi maiwasan exposure sa ibang tao. Nagpapakasigurado tayo (It pays to be paranoid because like here, especially in the office, we can’t avoid being exposed to people. We are just making sure),” Robredo said via Facebook live on Thursday, April 15.

The vice president shared she wears a face mask and shield when going out of her house, but she still uses a face covering inside the house, too, since she doesn’t want to expose her household. 

In the office, she drinks salabat or ginger tea. In her personal health care kit, she has alcohol, two throat sprays, hand sanitizer, sodium chloride spray for the nose, disinfecting wipes, lotion, and medication for migraine. 

Robredo said she uses the throat spray after talking with someone and she cleans her nose three times a day with the sodium chloride nasal spray. 

As a devout practicing Catholic, the vice president added she always had a cross with her even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aside from her personal health care regimen, Robredo also imposed restrictions in the Office of the Vice President (OVP) since last year. 

“Dito sa opisina, bawal kumain magkakasabay (Here in the office, we cannot eat together) since last year,” she said. 

Robredo added that she also placed two air purifying units inside her office and makes it a point to open her windows for ventilation. 

They also moved some workstations along the corridors to minimize virus transmission.  For now, the OVP is not accepting courtesy calls in person. 

“Ngayon, hindi po kami masyado nagtatanggap ng bisita kung hindi (For now, we don’t accept visitors unless it’s) very very important,” Robredo said.