Mayor: Don’t panic over bananas

DABAWENYOS need not panic in buying bananas in the market as there is no approved claims that it can cure coronavirus disease (Covid-19), Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said during a radio program Tuesday, March 17.

Duterte-Carpio said neither the Department of Health (DOH) nor the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended the consumption of bananas as a cure for the dreadful disease.

The mayor said she is aware of the current trend on social media of some Dabawenyos resulting to panic buying of this fruit.

“We suspect nga dunay trader sa saging nga nagbuhat ani (We suspect that a certain trader is making up this kind of claims),” Duterte-Carpio said in a radio interview via 87.5 FM Disaster Radio on Tuesday, March 17.

Maymay Benedicto, one of the radio station’s hosts, said she personally did not saw any tundan, a local banana variety, in the market she went to.

The mayor said the supposed trader is trying to spread false claims to invite customers to buy his stocked supplies since there is an existing strict ban on importing and exporting products to neighboring provinces.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, in a press conference on March 16, shared a few ways the general public could protect themselves from transmitting the virus, which includes “eating bananas every day”.

However, online health advocate Dr. Richard Mata, meanwhile, said on a television interview that eating bananas would be “useless” if there is no change in one’s unhealthy lifestyle.

“Even if may lemon ka or banana, pero kung hindi mo rin binitawan yung bad habits, walang mangyayari (Even if you would be consuming lemon or banana, nothing will happen if you will not change your bad habits),” Mata said.

Mata said eating healthy foods would be futile if one intakes excessive alcohol, inadequate hours of sleep, and too much junk foods consumption.

While he said banana is rich in potassium, he said it will not spare anyone from the Covid-19.

Meanwhile, Duterte-Carpio reiterated there is no need for Dabawenyos to do panic buying.

“Walay reason para manghoard ta og mga butang sa panimalay (There is no reason for us to hoard household items), because the government will always think about the needs, and adjust health protocols, according sa basic needs sa atong kaigsuunang Dabawenyos (according to Dabawenyos’ basic needs),” the mayor said.

She also reminded them to check and validate the information they read online due to the proliferation of fake news amid the Covid-19 health scare.

Duterte-Carpio also underscored to stay indoors, and self-quarantine following the issuance of an executive order declaring the city under community quarantine to prevent the further spreading of the virus. (With reports from Jeepy C. Compio)


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