The chief public authority on well being was instructed to deal with vaccine procurement and different issues after he was seen brandishing a protracted persist with as soon as once more implement bodily distancing measures in public areas.
Well being Secretary Francisco Duque III was spotted in Brgy. Baclaran, Parañaque Metropolis for a “Bida Bastonero” go to, one in all his company’s initiatives in mitigating the COVID-19 transmission by imposing the really helpful bodily distance of a minimum of one meter.
One meter is almost equal to a motorbike’s size.
“Makatutulong ito sa pagputol ng kadena ng hawaan at mababawasan ang kumpulan sa public locations,” Duque was quoted as saying in experiences.
He additionally distributed face masks and face shields to residents and distributors. The well being chief reminded them to take care of bodily distance.
Photographs of the well being chief wielding a protracted persist with implement the protocol have been uploaded on Twitter, the place some Filipinos expressed their disappointment over his initiative which they described as “trivial field work.”
“Amp*t**! Imbes bakuna ang dala dahil trilyon ang inutang, face masks at bastion pa din ang DOH!!!!” a Twitter user exclaimed, referencing billions of loans that have been granted to the federal government in procuring COVID-19 vaccines.
“Ano Duque, hanggang stick ka na lang ba,” one other online user wrote with a cranium emoji.
A Twitter consumer requested if Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor of America’s White Home, has been “seen” doing such an initiative.
“That is simply optics! Sec. Duque, there are different urgent the explanation why we’re the worst in ASEAN in COVID-19 circumstances however you’re trying the opposite method whereas carrying that stick!” the online user continued.
“What if mag-focus po tayo sa pagpapabilis ng pagdating ng vaccine? Sa pag-lessen ng price ng checks para mas magi itong reasonably priced sa mga ordinaryong mamamayan? Sa pag-aayos ng well being protocols na sa buong bansa. Tama na ang mga ganito, Sec Duque,” one other Twitter user commented.
The well being secretary has been equally criticized for a similar initiative last year, when he enforced bodily distancing protocols in Bonifacio World Metropolis with a meter stick. A video of it went viral on social media.
Dr. Tony Leachon, former particular adviser to Nationwide Job Power in opposition to COVID-19, had accused Duque of doing “picture ops” after seeing the clip whereas the “remainder of the world is busy vaccinating their folks.”
His sentiments have been echoed by different Twitter customers who likewise urged the well being chief to take care of different issues like vaccine procurement at the moment.
The “Bida Bastonero” is a DOH initiative through which safety officers or different personnel are assigned to implement bodily distancing measures among the many public.
Final Wednesday, law enforcement officials who have been patrolling in Quezon Metropolis used their rattan sticks to implement bodily distancing measures.
Those that could be discovered abusing it or utilizing it aside from its anticipated means may be reported via the town’s hotline.
Strictly working towards bodily distancing measures is likely one of the technique of stopping the unfold of COVID-19 which has a excessive transmission charge.
Experts mentioned that observing such a safety measure is essential for “flattening the curve” or considerably decreasing the variety of infections in a group in order that the well being care system wouldn’t be burdened.