MANILA -- The Isabela provincial government is distributing vitamin C and malunggay juice to help senior citizens dodge the novel coronavirus, Governor Rodito Albano III said Thursday.
The malunggay juice will be produced by cooperatives in the towns of Cabatuan and Aurora which are dotted with plantations, and distributed in checkpoints, he said.
"Ang kailangan naming tugunan ay iyong mga matatanda, kasi iyon ang tatamaan talaga...Sa lahat ng checkpoints namimigay, kahapon namimigay kami ng mga vitamin C saka mga juice ng malunggay," the governor told DZMM.
(We need to focus on the elderly, because they are the most vulnerable. We started giving out vitamin C and malunggay juice at checkpoints yesterday.)
Hospital workers and government employees will also get this aid, he said.
The Philippines as of Wednesday confirmed 202 cases of COVID-19, including 17 deaths and 7 patients who recovered.
The elderly and those with underlying medical conditions "are at a higher risk of getting severe COVID-19 disease," according to the World Health Organization.
"The risk of severe disease gradually increases with age starting around 40 years. It's important that adults in this age range protect themselves and in turn protect others that may be more vulnerable," WHO said in a March 11 report.
Isabela has no confirmed case of the respiratory disease so far, said Albano.
A top producer of rice, the province recently had a good harvest of the staple grain, said its governor.
"Hindi ako papayag na may magho-hoarding ng bigas dito. Kailangan tuloy-tuloy ang daloy sa Metro Manila," he said.
(I won't allow rice hoarding here. The delivery of rice to Metro Manila should be continuous.)