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Putting the money where its mouth is

ESSENCE - Ligaya Rabago-Visaya - The Freeman

We place a high priority on our health. Although there are some habits that go against it, we are more aware than ever of the importance of our health in this time of pandemic.

It’s unfortunate that we have to express our condolences on the passing of our friends, relatives, and family members every now and then. And we repeat the process a few days later. Death during the pandemic, whether caused by Covid or not, appears to be unavoidable but can be curved. However, doing so is a razor-thin line. When one or two members of my family get simple colds, we tend to be extremely concerned because we know that these are signs of Covid, but there is also this dread of ignoring it and treating it as if it were just a regular colds, so we ended up self-medicating, which is obviously not recommended.

Indeed, because the transmission is already affecting the entire family, this recent Covid variant has sown worry, anxiety, and doubt. When only one family member is permitted to travel to certain sections of the country while the rest of the family remains confined to their homes, transmission is more likely to occur. The current circumstance is placing our family’s core basis in jeopardy. When we take care of each other’s health in a family and still the mother or father is ill, it’s even worse when distant relatives are no longer allowed to come.

On a larger scale, some of our local government leaders are failing to recognize the threat posed by the latest variant, which is a major challenge. And would use the state of the economy as a pretext to reopen it. We have nothing against such a move since we want to ensure its recovery. But, in my opinion, now is the time to prioritize human survival. Despite the fact that this is a significant sacrifice, it, like all sacrifices, considers the good of the many. We must face the fact that balancing is a difficult task. When do we calibrate the limitations, modify it from stricter to looser, or vice versa? All of these questions are answered by shifting Covid case figures. Despite the fact that figures change so quickly, technology provides us with up-to-date and dependable data. The problem arises when our leaders refuse to acknowledge what the numbers mean and instead focus on other issues.

Figures don’t lie because they reflect current facts; therefore, we can’t only rely on unfounded thoughts and opinions, personal interests, or egos. Our fight against Covid cannot be won by rhetoric, by counteracting the implications of the statistics, and by discounting the captured realities in the hospitals. I’ve visited our public hospitals several times for sick friends and relatives, and each time I’ve done so, I’ve seen no significant advances. As a result, a plausible impression is that our leaders have not put the money where the mouth is. This reflects the plight of our healthcare industry. It mirrors the kind of prioritization of our leaders. They should have believed and practiced things that matter the most should never be at the mercy of things that don’t.

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