The country’s COVID-19 situation is comparable to the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda as the country’s healthcare system cannot respond to the demands of the pandemic, Philippine Academy of Family Physicians national director Doktor Aileen Espina said.
“It’s not a question of kakayanin, kahit naman ‘yung nakaraang 2 linggo, we were nearing collapse of our healthcare system. Para na itong naging Yolanda sa tindi. This is beyond the capacity of healthcare system to respond to the current situation,” she told ABS-CBN News on Sunday.
Espina said the government should have a long-term solution that will address the root cause of the surge in COVID-19 cases.
“At least ‘yung Yolanda noon sa’min sa Tacloban after 5 hours tapos na siya, ito 1 taon na paulit-ulit na…bababa ‘yung kaso, magrerelax tayo hindi natin inaayos yung root cause ng pagdami ng kaso,” she added.
Espina said a coordinated contract tracing is a must.
“The country’s contact tracing applications are like an “archipelago,” Espina said.
“Sana magkaroon ng tulay… a way to bridge these islands of information systems,” she added.