Espina: Coping with Covid-19

Mila C. Espina
·2 min read

There are many perceptions about Covid-19. We try to cope with it the best we can. The pandemic hit the world like a deadly hurricane, and countries, like ours, were not prepared with sufficient logistics, facilities, skills and expertise of the health force, among so many others.

Our country, compared with fully developed nations, is struggling to make both ends meet. Sad to say, we don’t have enough experienced scientists, fully equipped hospitals in the barangays, doctors and nurses, and team players to cope with the surging expanse of Covid-19.

My students see some intervening factors like divisive politics, economics and not sustainable community initiatives. They wish leaders will be more proactive than mere reactive.

But these have not discouraged Pinoys, specifically the resourceful Cebuanos. The Rotary Clubs, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Zonta Clubs of Cebu 1 and 2, theatre and cultural groups, small entrepreneurs, and schools offer updated information about vaccinations, services and alternatives. The Province of Cebu and its component cities are taking the lead.

What’s up, Doc?

How does Dr. Yong Larrazabal deal with Covid-19 positively? He says that “nothing beats the comfort of our home, especially when I’m with Donna and the kids. I love hanging out with them, chatting with them and playing with them. With my boys, aside from running, we like building and collecting toys. With Donna and Belle, simple moments—like watching them enjoy Kdrama. As a family, we love having BBQ parties at home, while on my personal time, my gym is the go-to place where I run on my treadmill every day. I also get to find time to catch up with friends from time to time.”

The “Center for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine” is now open. From its humble beginnings in the 1980s, it is now a spacious facility that offers comprehensive and holistic treatments and therapies. It houses licensed and highly trained Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists.

The Center is right along Osmeña Boulevard and is accessible for all to come. It has health safety protocols in place to make sure that its staff and patients will feel comfortable and secured.