DOH reminds public of health protocols on Lent observance

By Connie Calipay

The Department of Health in Bicol (DOH-5) reminded the public to continue following the health and safety practices against Covid-19 during the observance of Holy Week.


Kenn Nuyda, DOH-5 Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) officer, said they want the people to spend Lent in a solemn, safe, and Covid-free way.


“Pagdating naman po sa celebration ng holy week, ito po ay patungkol sa pagpepenetensya di ba. Tayong mga Kristiyano still nagpa-practice pa rin ho ng mga religious beliefs,” Nuyda said.


However, he cautioned devotees who self-flagellate as an act of penance on the possibility of tetanus and other bacterial infections that might be caused by open wounds.


“So kung titingnan po natin, as much as possible, sinabi na rin po ito ni Usec. (Rosario) Vergeire, sinasabi niya po doon kung as much as possible umiwas o i-avoid ang pagdalo o pag-join sa ganitong activity ngayon na may Covid-19 pa,” Nuyda said.


It is important to make sure that the materials to be used in self-flagellation are clean and free of rust, he added.


Nuyda also said if an accident happens and wounds are sustained, these must be properly cleaned and the person must get an anti-tetanus shot.


He said those who will participate in all Holy Week activities must wear a face mask properly, regularly sanitize hands and practice safe physical distancing.


“Covid-19 is here with us to stay kaya huwag po muna natin balewalain ang mga health protocols na nasimulan, simula po nung 2020 hanggang kasalukuyan,” Nuyda said. (With a report from Glydel Sarcia/PNA-OJT)