SOS Philippines Fights For Children At Risk Amidst COVID-19 Crisis
Ms. Peraren, the Programmes Director of SOS Children’s Villages Philippines, shares useful information to the children on how they can avoid the risk of COVID-19 infection
On March 12, COVID-19, the disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. On the same day, the alert level for COVID-19 was raised to Code Red Sublevel 2 in the Philippines.
The positive cases for the coronavirus have rapidly increased to 52 as of March 12 according to the Department of Health. This urged the government to implement community quarantines in the National Capital Region to stop the virus from spreading.
To ensure the safety of SOS families, SOS Children’s Villages Philippines have temporarily postponed all visits from supporters until further notice. We have also conducted COVID-19 awareness lectures to educate our children and coworkers of the precautionary measures they must do to keep them safe from the virus. Hygiene supplies such as face masks and disinfectants have been provided to the SOS families as well.
In these times where our public health and safety are compromised, children are affected the most. Vulnerable children who lost parental care or are living in poor communities are at risk of contracting the disease due to the lack of proper personal hygiene, environmental sanitation, and access to health care.
Aside from the children, their parents and guardians are also at risk of falling ill or succumbing to the disease which may lead to the displacement of more children.
Children need the support of the government, organizations, and concerned individuals now more than ever. Let us be reminded that we must continue to fight for the rights of children amidst this health crisis and that protecting their health and wellness is our business.
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