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Bishop alarmed over handling of Covid-19 cases in Albay

Bishop alarmed over handling of Covid-19 cases in Albay

By CBCP News

March 30, 2020

Legazpi, Albay

A Catholic bishop sought the national government’s action over the “alarming and disheartening” way of handling coronavirus cases in Albay province.

Echoing the sentiments of many people, Bishop Joel Baylon of Legazpi lamented that at least three Covid-19 patients were placed under home quarantine instead of being in strict isolation.

Information reaching the diocese also revealed that the patients were left to the care of barangay health workers “who do not have the proper training” in handling the disease.

“For the sake of decency and human respect, and in the name of our God who suffered for us all, and continues to suffer of our inanities, selfishness and greed, please do something about this dire situation,” Baylon said.

The bishop stressed that proper isolation, “logic demands”, means in a facility separated and far away from any vulnerable community such as a barangay.

He underscored that declaring a barangay even under a strict lockdown will never protect the community from the virus for “as long as a person infected with it is in their midst and not properly isolated”.

“Will we wait until the entire province of Albay is infected with the virus before the national government acts through the Department of Health?” Baylon said.