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By: Mylen Manto | Published Saturday, May 09, 2020
In its latest monitoring, the Covid-19 patients at CPDRC no longer showed any of the symptoms like fever and cough, reported IPHO chief Dr. Cristina Giango. The patients have been given calamansi juice, turmeric tea, Vitamin C, and steam inhalation to boost their immune system. (Lito Tecson)

While scientists still scramble to find cure for COVID-19, the Cebu Provincial Government turns to traditional ways in boosting the patients’ immune system to help them recover from the disease.

Some 24 COVID-19 patients at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) are given calamansi juice, turmeric tea, and Vitamin C. They were also asked to gargle with salt and do steam inhalation twice a day.

Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) chief Dr. Cristina Giango said that the 17 CPDRC inmates and seven jail guards, who were monitored daily, no longer showed any COVID-19 symptoms like fever and cough.

However, they still have to be tested again to ensure that the virus is already out of their body.

“Tinud-anay gyud ni. That is documented, naayo ang atong CPDRC inmates (It’s true. Records show no more COVID-19 symptoms among them). So, we are pushing for home remedies,” Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said, adding that these remedies can give Cebuanos a fighting chance against any sickness.

“Simple ra, doable, unya affordable steam inhalation. Magkuha lang mo’g planggana, basta naa la’y init, magtabon lang mo’g habol or tualya twice a day. Unya paimnon og lemonsito og turmeric tea two times a day pud, vitamin C three times a day,” she added. 

The governor also asked provincial and district hospitals to plant calamansi and ginger nearby for faster and easier access to these products when preparing the drinks for their patients.

Garcia shared that numerous testimonials from Filipinos based in the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) who had COVID-19 vouched that steam inhalation helped them recover.

“I am really advocating this sa atong probinsya og nanghinaot ko nga i-adopt gyud ni sa mata’g panimalay kay kaya man ni, mahimo raman ni, di mani ingon mamalit ta og special equipment, mamalit ta og special ingredient, di baya,” she explained. 

As more Cebuanos try these home remedies, Garcia advised to report stores who sell calamansi fruits beyond its set ceiling price of P60 per kilo so the Department of Agriculture (DA) can take action. 

Meanwhile, Garcia convened the Provincial Price Monitoring Council on Friday, May 8 for an update on price hikes of basic needs.

She lauded the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for their serious monitoring and inspection of the prices of commodities sold at commercial establishments, supermarkets and groceries.

DTI even issued notices of violation to some commercial establishment, she said.

“Duna may price ceiling unta. We would wish atong supermarkets and groceries mo abide by that or else you will be in violation of the law. Unya dagkoa baya og multa,” Garcia added. (Mylen Manto)