DOH on Undas 2023: “I am advising parents and caregivers not to bring small children to cemeteries”
UNDAS 2023 – The Department of Health (DOH) urged the public not to bring their small children to cemeteries during All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
Health Secretary Teodoro J. Herbosa, in a statement on Monday, warned that although the number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines is plateauing, the threat of the highly communicable disease is still present in the country.
Herbosa also said that children may also get other diseases because of the expected large crowds in cemeteries as well as the weather, adding that there are still sporadic and increasing coronavirus cases in some regions and small children have low resistance to COVID-19 infections.
The health chief also warned the public against patronizing ambulant vendors inside and outside of the cemeteries selling sandwiches, green mangoes, fruit juices, and other similar food stuff
According to him, those may be contaminated by unsafe water and other elements of the environment, which may compromise the safety and health of consumers.
The Department of Health advised the public to bring their own food and water in order to ensure their safety and to also prevent diseases when visiting cemeteries, but bringing salads and other food that may easily spoil because of heat must be avoided.
“We can all prevent contracting diseases when visiting our dearly departed loved ones. Let us be responsible with our actions and make our visit solemn,” Herbosa said.
All Saints’ Day is celebrated on November 1 to remember all martyrs and saints during Christian history. On the other hand, All Souls’ Day is celebrated on November 2 to commemorate those who have passed away.