Health official advises against kids joining Visita Iglesia

THE Department of Health (DOH) appealed to Filipino families Tuesday to reconsider bringing their sick members and young children to Visita Iglesia, citing the perils brought by heavy crowd.

“I think we should just avoid bringing sick and little children with us in the Visita Iglesia since these places could be too crowded for them and they may also acquire diseases,” said DOH–Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases Program Manager Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy.

The Visita Iglesia is a common Catholic tradition done during Maundy Thursday, when the faithful visit at least seven to 14 churches as a form of sacrifice for Christ.

Aside from visiting churches, it is also a common practice to go to different pilgrimage sites in nearby provinces in Metro Manila often done by walking from houses to their respective destinations.

Suy said it would be advisable for the elderly to think twice before joining their family in the tradition.

“We are not questioning their faith but our elderly should re-think their decision,” he said. “If not, it is good if they are in groups so that their needs can be immediately attended.” (HDT/Sunnex)

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