By Tracy Cabrera
Health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire. (Photo: MSN)
MANILA — Despite the strict policies on border control that is being maintained by the authorities, health officials has admitted that due to our porous borders which give easy accessibility to travelers, the Omicron Covid-19 variant has a “high chance” of entering the country, according to health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.
Reacting to this, Partido Reporma senatorial aspirant Guillermo Lorenzo Tolentino Eleazar has stressed preparedness as a key factor in any effort to control its spread among the populace, adding that there is no room for complacency and the only way to beat the disease is to be serious in complying with the minimum health safety standards set by our health authorities.
“Sila po ang nakakaalam kung ano ang dapat nating gawin para hindi kumalat ang mas nakakahawang umanong variant ng Covid-19. Dapat sundi natin ang mga protocol para matiyak na may proteksyon tayo sa sakit na ito,” the former commanding officer of the government’s Task Force Covid Shield pointed out.
The Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa and classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a ‘variant of concern’ after spreading rapidly in Africa, Europe and the Americas, is “inevitable” thus, Eleazar said, it is necessary that preparations be made for such an eventuality.
“First, we know that from the start, we said that we cannot tell that it will not definitely enter. What we’re talking about is when it can enter the country,” Vergeire had disclosed at last Saturday’s Laging Handa briefing.