May 22, 2024

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DOH reminds public to wear mask, observe social distancing in going to cemeteries on Undas

By Justine Rich Talusan

AS people are expected to troop to the cemeteries for the observance of Undas, The Department of Health- Center for Health Development  Calabarzon reminded anew the public to follow the minimum public health standards.

 “We urge the public to adhere to the minimum public health standards, especially this Undas. During this season, people tend to be complacent. Baka makalimot na narito pa ang COVID-19, ” DOH-Calabarzon Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia said.

The DOH-Calabarzon has distributed tarpaulins to its provincial counterparts for posting in several regional cemeteries.

 There are a total of 172 cemeteries in Calabarzon region.

“While inside the cemetery, keep facemask on, sanitize/wash hands, and observe physical distancing. If COVID-19 symptoms manifest, stay home to avoid spreading the virus,” said Valencia.

The official urged parents not to bring their children to cemeteries. Senior citizens were advised not to leave their homes as this will predispose them to contract the COVID-19 virus. 

Valencia said those who have yet to receive their primary vaccines or booster dose were encouraged to visit the nearest vaccination site in their area.

The public was also reminded to bring drinking water to rehydrate themselves, and umbrellas to protect them from the sun and rain.

As a precaution due to the rise in dengue cases, it was also advised to protect the body using insect repellent to keep mosquitoes away.

And to ensure food safety at the cemetery, people were advised to  bring food prepared at home but avoid food that spoils quickly.

“Sa paghahanda pa lang ng pagkain ay dapat tiyakin na malinis ang mga kamay, ihiwalay ang mga hilaw na karne, manok at mga lamang dagat sa ibang pagkain, at tiyakin na naluto ng maayos ang mga ito,” the regional health official said.

“Pero kung maaari ay ‘wag na pong magtagal pa sa sementeryo at magdala na lamang ng mga hindi madaling mapanis na pagkain, katulad ng biscuits at candies,” Valencia added.

According to the regional health official, it is our responsibility to safeguard ourselves and the people around us.