With recent logs of more Delta variant or B.1.617.2 cases plaguing neighboring countries, fear and anxiety have yet to be quelled surrounding this variant that is known to be 50 percent more contagious than all the others and dubbed as “more aggressive and fatal”.
Considering this, the country may need to re-impose stricter guidelines and measures in order to contain its spread. As a follow-up to the previous episode, we shift gears and ask: How is the country’s health care system preparing for this? What is happening in the localities in the Philippines where this is reported? What are hospitals and health facilities doing to protect frontline workers? Are we looking at another possible surge?
Ultimately, are we ready? This is what this week’s installment of the University of the Philippines’ (UP) “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series, “READY NA BA TAYO? A Conversation on the COVID-19 Delta Variant”, will tackle.
Seven doctors from all over the country where new Delta variant cases have been reported will be presenting: Dr. Abdullah B. Dumama, Jr., Undersecretary of the Field Implementation and Coordination Team in Visayas and Mindanao; Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial, head of the Biomolecular Laboratories at the Philippine Red Cross; Dr. Julius M. Drilon, Medical Center Chief of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod; Dr. Regina P. Berba, head of the Hospital Infection Control Unit at the UP Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH); and Dr. Vincent M. Balanag, Jr., Executive Director of the Lung Center of the Philippines.
Dr. Teodoro J. Herbosa, Special Adviser to the National Task Force Against COVID-19, will open the webinar, while UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita D. Padilla will deliver her closing remarks as well as her synthesis.
You may register through this link bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar62.
The webinar may also be viewed on TVUP’s Youtube Channel
See you at 12NN on Friday, July 23, 2021. Stay informed and together, let’s stop COVID deaths!