Mayor Olivarez: No relief yet for health workers despite drop in COVID-19 cases

Published October 14, 2021, 1:33 PM

by Jean Fernando

Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez, also the chairman of the Metro Manila Council, said on Thursday (Oct. 14) that health workers are not yet relieved despite the decline of healthcare utilization in the National Capital Region amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interviewed on Dobol B TV, Olivarez said the healthcare utilization in the NCR has gradually gone down.

“Ngayon bumababa siya nang kaunti, hindi pa rin talaga natin masasabi na kampante ‘yung health workers natin (Despite the slight decline, we still cannot say that our health workers are at ease),” Olivarez said.

Olivarez explained the downtrend in healthcare utilization in NCR was one the factors that the government considered in lowering the region’s alert level from 4 to 3 starting Saturday (Oct.16).

“Kailangan ibabalanse po ng ating pamahalaan ‘yung ekonomiya at ‘yung pangangalaga ng ating kalusugan (Our government has to balance the economy and health),” Olivarez said The health workers group believes it is not yet time to lower the Alert Level 4 despite the decline in the number of new infections, citing high hospital capacity and manpower shortage.