CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The Misamis Oriental provincial government has warned Capitol workers who keep on violating coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) health protocols.
Dr. Jerie Calingasan, head of the Provincial Health Office (PHO), said Monday the provincial government is keen on identifying the violators within the provincial government offices, warning there will be “repercussions” once their names are forwarded to Gov. Yevgeny Vicente Emano.
Calingasan cited an incident in one of the provincial hospitals in the province where the chief of hospital told him about erring workers who refuse to follow health protocols.
“We have given you a final warning, and if the chief of hospital there will still report (incidents of violation) to us, then we will recommend this to the governor for proper action,” Calingasan said.
He also said Emano is set to release new administrative guidelines observing stricter health protocols to prevent the further contagion of Covid-19, as the PHO had noted an increase of infected Capitol workers recently.
“If you don’t believe (the effects of Covid-19), then we will be the ones who will sacrifice. We don’t want to be the next India,” he said, citing the country that has many deaths because of Covid-19 infections.
Meanwhile, Emano said the province’s eight district hospitals “are exhausted”.
“If we don’t strive to protect (our front-liners), there might come a time that we will lose doctors and nurses who will take care of us,” he said.
Meanwhile, Calingasan said at least 73 percent of some 16,000 medical front-liners in the province have been inoculated.
“We received a total of 12,831 doses of Sinovac (CoronaVac) vaccines, and AstraZeneca vaccine worth 5400 doses,” he said.
Calingasan said the pre-screening for senior citizens will begin this week, and the inoculation will begin Wednesday.
He also said that observing strict health protocols remains important because even if people get vaccinated, they still get infected by the virus, since the vaccines only lessen severe complications that can lead to hospitalization and death.
As of Monday, the province has 302 active Covid-19 cases. (PNA)