Lobaton: The value of information
There are things we need to remind our government about our ongoing fight against Covid-19. One of them is the need to continue to share valuable information as a guide related to the current situation.
A friend told me that she did not want to get the vaccine because she had heard that it could be a religious tool that would mark everyone leading into a new society like what the scriptures say. Although she is not sure, this has become the basis for her decision not to benefit from the free vaccines at this time.
Also, another close friend told me that someone who fell from the coconut in their place was forcibly assigned to Covid-19. Although she couldn’t say where the information was coming from, it was popular in their barangay. This made him think that Covid-19 is probably not true and just a creation for business interests.
While I keep reminding people of the dangers of leaving our home, the one caring for my 83 year old mother told me that in our barangay there had been a report from someone who fell ill after taking the vaccines who until now could not stand and walk. The same scenario. She admitted, however, that the story could not be validated and news circulated that the person had already recovered.
These situations have led me to think that part of our understanding is to appreciate the type of community we find ourselves in. from one person to another. Due to their similarity in terms of attributes, they quickly believed in such information that was not yet validated.
I remain an advocate for government agencies or authorities in charge of this pandemic, to continue to share information related to the vaccine, coronavirus, mutations, and things the government is doing to fix the issues right now. Those with information shouldn’t keep things to themselves because people want it the most.
In the absence of information, efforts to fight the pandemic would be affected. The usual assessment of the number of daily cases and the discovery of new variants are not enough to control hospitalizations and deaths. People should be guided as to what to do.
There is no doubt about the way we carry out mass vaccination in our community. But there should also be other concerns that we need to address. This is why deaths continue to rise because one of the reasons is that people do not have information to determine whether they have been infected with Covid-19 or not.
I am saddened to see the text exchanges shared by a friend in our group chat to remember her former colleague trying to ask a question about how much bond a public hospital should be admitted because she felt positive for the coronavirus. In a text message, a friend simply replied that they were not asking for a deposit because it is a public hospital. Right away, the patient went to the hospital and learned that at that point she had to be intubated. Within days, the patient passed away and our university community mourned her untimely death.
We can no longer invoke the past and acceptance is simply what we can invoke. But it could do more when, as health facilities or government agencies responsible for providing care and services to our people, they could go beyond the usual routine of assisting people inside our home. hospital or our office. We cannot underestimate the role information plays in this time of health emergency.
We need to understand where we are and what community we are engaged with in order to see that people really need to be informed to avoid the consequences of not having to know at all.
Let us not leave the fate of our people to fake news and disinformation in this delicate time of health emergency.