CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, PHILIPPINES — During the upcoming ‘Undas 2022,’ the CHO (City Health Office) of CDO urges people to wear masks when they visit the cemeteries in the city.
On October 12, 2022, Wednesday afternoon, CHO Medical Officer Jan Sherwin said during a coordination meeting that the public should still comply with the minimum public health standards when they visit their dearly departed in the cemeteries.
They should practice constant social distancing, hand washing, and wearing face masks.
“Although naa na man ta (new face mask policy) nga okay lang walay facemask sa outdoors pero ang general consideration sa DOH is that kung crowded kaayo mag-mask gyud ta,” Samong said.
(Although we already have a new face mask policy where it’s okay not to wear a face mask outdoors, but the general consideration of the DOH is that if it’s too crowded, we should wear a mask.)
Samong also encouraged the public to get their vaccination or booster shots, and he also recommended carpooling to reduce traffic.
According to CHO, the upcoming ‘Undas’ will be the first major event that involves the movement of a huge crowd in CDO.
“We encourage everyone nga pagdala mo’g inyong kaugalingon nga alcohol para at least anytime pwede mo maka-hand washing,” Samong said.
(We encourage everyone to bring their alcohol so that at least anytime you can wash your hands.)
“We’ll try to make sure nga (that) we’ll come up with an advise one-week prior sa celebration,” he added.
The people who attended the coordination meeting included the CDRRMD (City Disaster Risk Reduction Department), CHO (City Health Office), CIO (City Information Office), COCPO (Cagayan de Oro City Police Office), Clenro (City Local Environment and Natural Resources), and various representatives of the city’s public and private cemeteries.
DOH cautions: ‘Undas‘ may be a COVID-19 super spreader event
The DOH (Department of Health) once again reminded the public that going to cemeteries this upcoming ‘Undas’ could become a COVID-19 ‘super spreader event.’
Because of this, DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire suggested that it is still necessary for everyone to strictly wear face masks. For now, though, wearing a facemask is still optional in outdoor settings.
Apart from this, it is also necessary to be vaccinated with at least the first dose of the booster shot as additional protection against the virus. – WhatALife!/Zed
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