Bishop expresses concern over COVID-19 cases in Albay sans isolation
Bishop, clergy and townspeople ask: What on earth is happening?
MANILA – Legazpi (Albay) Bishop Joel Z. Baylon expressed alarm over reports of three COVID-19 positive persons have been left to the care of a few village-based health workers or medical service providers instead of being held in isolation and under strong care and monitoring by competent and well-trained medical personnel.
In a statement released today, Bishop Baylon voiced concerns over the possibility of having COVID-19 transmitted to wider population. He added placing a village or barangay under strict lockdown will never protect the community from the virus because the infected person continues to be in their midst.
“And proper isolation, logic demands, means in a facility separated and far away from any vulnerable community such as a Barangay,” he said.
He asked why such conditions are tolerated as if to waiting for the whole province to be infected “before the national government acts through the Department of Health.”
The 66-year-old prelate condemned partisan politics and corruption which has endangered the people’s well-being.
“For the sake of decency and human respect, and in the name of our God who suffered for us all, and continues to suffer because of our inanities, selfishness and greed, please do something about this situation!” he further said.
“Is someone out there listening to our cry?” he concluded. Three individuals have ben reported COVID-19 positive in Albay province. (Melo M. Acuña)
Legazpi Bishop Joel Z. Baylon, D.D. (CBCP Online Photo)