Editorial: 'Prevention is better than cure'

PREVENTION is better than cure. This is a common saying that many would use in the context of health. It simply means that it is better to prevent something bad happening to our health.

As important as this reminder was pre-Covid, it is all the more important now as we go through the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. At present, medication for those who have Covid-19 is varying from one place to another. With no vaccine yet, doctors have to make do with whatever is currently available while researchers find a vaccine, which will take some time.

“Mayroon ng vaccine but ang problema it will be ready, according to them, by 2021 pa. January at the very -- at the earliest,” President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday.

The cost of the treatment of Covid-19 is also in the millions of pesos. While the Department of Health has not released official data yet on the average cost of Covid-19 treatment, news reports have shown different costs when it comes to the treatment of the disease. In a SunStar Davao report, one of the patients at the Southern Philippines Medical Center shelled out P619,000. Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) CEO Ricardo Morales was reported saying that the two highest hospital bills they received were P 2.8 million and P3.2 million.

Therefore, it is important for everyone to practice preventive measures against Covid-19.

The City Government of Davao released earlier new reminders on health measures one should practice. This includes observing physical distancing, regular washing of hands with soap and water, wearing of facemasks, covering our mouth or nose when sneezing or coughing, bringing a pocket-sized bottle of alcohol, and disinfecting surfaces.

The local government unit also advised Dabawenyos to avoid making unnecessary trips to areas that have been classified as very high-risk, high risk, and moderate risk.

The Department of Health has also urged Dabawenyos to practice a healthier lifestyle like eating more fruits and vegetables to boost their immune system.

These preventive measures are things that we can do every day. While we wait for medicine or vaccine to combat Covid-19, it is our responsibility to protect ourselves. We are not only protecting ourselves but we are also protecting our family, friends, workmates, and the people around us.


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