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Health experts said PH did a terrific job vs. Covid-19

When compared to other nations, a local health expert and a representative from the World Health Organization (WHO) stated the Philippines did an “excellent job” responding to the coronavirus illness 2019 (Covid-19).

Dr. Edsel Salvana, head of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the National Institutes of Health at the University of the Philippines Manila, claimed in a Facebook post that the Philippines had maintained mortality rates โ€œfar lower than nations with considerably greater resources.โ€

For most of the epidemic, the nation maintained an “open-door policy” for returning Filipinos.

โ€œUnlike other nations, we did not bar our returning Filipinos. With the variations, we paid a price, but it was a humanitarian decision that is very Filipino – we look for our own. Despite this, we were able to reduce the number of fatalities to a minimum,โ€ Salvana added.

โ€œWe should be honest and compare fairly,โ€ he said when comparing the Covid-19 responses of various nations.

โ€œThe Philippines has done a fantastic job, taking into account all elements of the reaction as well as limited resources,โ€ Salvana added.

He quoted World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe, who stated the Philippines โ€œhas done a fantastic job.โ€

Despite its “very limited capacities,” Abeyasinghe said in an interview with ANC on Tuesday that when looking at the Covid-19 response of different countries from the perspective of their income capacity, population size, and topographical challenges, the number of people who have died from Covid-19 in the Philippines is “comparatively lower than many other countries.”

โ€œIf you’re honest, it seems that the Philippines has done a decent job from that perspective,โ€ Abeyasinghe added.

He pointed out that, in the face of the epidemic, some nations have closed their borders to even their own citizens, while the Philippines has โ€œwelcomed its abroad Filipino workers.โ€

โ€œAs a result of those individuals coming in, the infection spreads. So, in addition to the reaction and weight, you have to consider all of that humanitarian perspective,โ€ Abeyasinghe added.

He went on to say that since the Philippines is a “middle-income nation,” it “cannot anticipate the first-world reaction.”

Bloomberg published an article on June 28 rating the โ€œbest and worst locations to be when the globe eventually reopens,โ€ with the Philippines ranked 52nd out of 53 nations.

Following its publication, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that the ranking was “unfair” and “skewed” in favor of nations with a high immunization rate โ€” wealthier countries that had acquired the majority of the world’s Covid-19 vaccine supply.

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