Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (Photo courtesy Manila Times)
MANILA — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is optimistic the country’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) curve will flatten this month, September.
To back this claim up, the defense chief cited a new campaign plan developed by the National Task Force Covid-19 in charge of the pandemic response.
In his message to reporters, Lorenzana said that strict implementation of health protocols and sticking to the campaign plan will help reduce the number of Covid-19 cases.
The country’s caseload of the virus has already reached over 200,000 Filipinos even as quarantine-related lockdowns drastically slowed down economic growth.
Lorenzana explained the campaign plan is called the PDITR or protect, detect, isolate, treat and reintegrate.
“Yes, we can,” Lorenzana said on Tuesday night when asked if the country could flatten the curve this month.
He made the same assurance to New Zealand Ambassador Peter Kell during their virtual meeting last August 27.
The two dignitaries were supposed to meet last March but were not able to do so because of the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine.
Lorenzana commended New Zealand’s proactive measures in response to monitoring and controlling Covid cases in the Oceania country.
The Defense department said New Zealand has provided $1.5 million worth of assistance for affected persons by Covid-19 in Mindanao and contributed funding for the National Kidney and Transplant Institute and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation to support 15 local government units in response to the pandemic.
Lorenzana added that the task force has already disseminated their campaign plan to businesses, their regional counterparts and all local government units.
“If everyone follows this plan, we will not only flatten the curve but bring it down,” he said. (Elami Go)