Bukidnon gov suspends aid following discovery of Covid variants
By : Bobby Lagsa Mindanao Today/02:39:24pm 07/26/2021
Bukidnon Gov. Jose Maria Zubiri. (Bobby Lagsa)
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Bukidnon Gov. Jose Maria Zubiri, Jr., will suspend all provincial government assistance programs in the province today following the discovery of the alpha and delta variants of the coronavirus.
In a statement, Zuburi said that all assistance in the province is suspended except for burial aid until further notice.
This came after the discovery of two Covid-19 alpha and delta variants. The delta variant was discovered in Talakag town, while the alpha was detected in Valencia City.
In Talakag, town officials and 125 others were put in a quarantine after being exposed to Covid-19 positive Returning Overseas Filipino (ROF) in an assistance activity.
“It is with a sad note that all aid to our indigent residents are suspended,” Zubiri said.
He said that reports from the Department of Health-10 of the alpha and delta variants which are more transmittable than the original strain.
“This is six to eight times more transmittable and more dangerous than the original strain,” Zubiri said.
He added that it was also observed on Wednesday the clustering of people in the distribution of aid that people neglected the minimum health standards set by the DOH.
“The provincial government will not let that happen again despite the difficult situation but the safety of everyone is of paramount consideration in this dangerous virus,” Zubiri said.
Zubiri assured residents that they will look for ways to distribute aid following protocols set by the DOH.
“I urge the people not to come to the provincial capitol for aid starting next Monday, July 26,” Zubiri said.
Dr. Gary Tabios Jr., Bukidnon provincial health officer, confirmed the discovery of a single alpha variant case in Valencia City.
“The case is non-ROF, no travel history,” Tabios said.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified each emerging variant as either a variant of concern (VOC) or a variant of interest (VOI). The alpha, beta, gamma, and delta variants fall under Variants of Concern.
WHO said that a variant of concern translates to a rise in transmissibility, an increase in fatality and a significant decrease in effectiveness of vaccines, therapy, and other health measures.
According to Johns Hopkins data, this variant was first detected in Southern England in 2020.
A Lancet study showed that patients suffering from bouts of the alpha variant posed a greater risk of Critical Care Utilization admission, and 28-day mortality, if weighed against patients with non-Alpha strains of the virus.
Since the alpha variant case in Valencia City, Tabios said that it is with the DOH-10 to inform the public of its findings.