DAVAO CITY – Amid the surging cases of novel coronavirus (Covid-19), the local government unit of Carmen in North Cotabato is providing locally-produced virgin coconut oil (VCO) to those who are admitted to all its local isolation facilities.
Aside from food supplements and vital medicines, Mayor Moises Arendain told Manila Bulletin over the phone that the local government is giving VCO as part of its measure to combat the deadly disease.
Arendain said that they started providing the VCOs to the patients about three weeks ago when the COVID-19 cases started to spike in this agricultural town of 95,000 residents.
“Aside from the COVID-19 patients, we are also giving VCOs to our front liners. If they will run out of supply, we will also give them a refill,” the mayor added.
As of 6 pm of May 24, the town has recorded 98 cases; 57 of which are active cases, 38 recoveries, and three deaths.
At the onset of the pandemic, the local government had already been providing VCOs to their returning residents who were admitted to the isolation facilities.
Recently, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) revealed the results of its studies saying that the VCO can be utilized to avoid “further transmission of the virus” and as a “viable and affordable treatment” against the dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“Based on the available literature, compounds in coconut oil have shown to be safe and effective at killing viruses,” said DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña.
Meanwhile, the local government is now implementing a lockdown in the Poblacion area due to rising COVID-19 cases. Local authorities are only allowing 10 residents, with essential transactions, from its 28 barangays to enter the town center every day.