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July 29, 2021

MMDA Supports DOH Call for Intensive COVID-19 Response Amid Delta Variant Local Transmission

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have expressed its support to the Department of Health’s (DOH) appeal to intensify local COVID-19 responses with the local transmission of the highly infectious Delta (B.1.617.2) variant in the country.

Atty. Benhur Abalos, MMDA Chairman, said that the best defense against any COVID-19 variant, including Delta variant, is a combination of consistent adherence to the minimum public health protocols, vaccination, and having healthy lungs.

“While the government is implementing response against COVID-19, the public play a vital role in protecting their own health and wellbeing. Let us strictly follow the health protocols set by the DOH and stop smoking and vaping to keep yourself healthy from any infectious disease,” Abalos stressed.

Moreover, the MMDA chief encouraged the public to get inoculated against COVID-19 to help the government in achieving population protection the soonest possible time.

“COVID-19 vaccines have been proven safe and effective. Hence, I urge the public to get vaccinated as soon as possible and avoid brand preference. Again, the best vaccine is what is available,” he added.

For her part, Dr. Loida Alzona, head of the MMDA’s Health and Environmental Protection Office stressed that staying healthy is necessary as the pandemic is not yet over.

“Practicing healthy habits, discontinuing tobacco consumption, and observing minimum public health standards such as wearing of face masks and face shields, frequent washing of hands, and the observation of physical distancing must be complied at all times to avoid spreading or contracting the coronavirus,” Alzona emphasized.

"In addition, smokers who have tested positive for COVID-19 are more likely to experience severe symptoms. Now is the best time to quit smoking," she further said.


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