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By: Mylen Manto | Published Friday, June 19, 2020
Barili Mayor Marlon Garcia shared how steam inhalation or ’tuob’ helped his daughter and son-in-law living in New Jersey recover from Covid-19. (Tonee Despojo)

Mayor Marlon Garcia of Barili town, southern Cebu attested that steam inhalation is an effective way to fight Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Through an executive order issued earlier, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia encouraged Cebuanos to use traditional health regimen such as steam inhalation and drinking turmeric and lemonsito juice, to boost their immune system without spending lots of money.

Marlon shared that in March 2020, his daughter Tessa and her husband living in New Jersey, contracted Covid-19. The husband suffered from pneumonia and had difficulty breathing for two days.

Marlon said the couple’s swab tests yielded positive of Covid-19. They had to stay at home as only critical patients were accepted in the hospitals there.

“Na-positive gyud. Sa dihang nag-positive sila, nanugon na kun unsay mahitabo nila, ilang ipakuha ilang duha ka anak, 5 and 7 years old,” he said.

Marlon told Tessa and her husband to do steam inhalation twice a day.

After four days, the couple showed no symptoms of Covid-19 and then tested negative after a week, he said.

Gov. Garcia also shared that Provincial Board Members Atty. John Ismael “Jimbo” Borgonia, Kerrie Shimura, Francis Salimbangon and other officials also do steam inhalation. 

Borgonia admitted he hesitated to do steam inhalation at first. However, after attending the mayors’ meeting on June 17, he tried to do it. He then found it relaxing, saying this helped relieve his sinusitis.  

“Karong panahona kay pagtuo, ug pagtuob,” said Deputy Speaker Pablo John Garcia, who also admitted to doing steam inhalation at home.

Gov. Garcia encouraged Cebuanos to post photos of them doing the steam inhalation in social media. 

She also told the barangay captains of Barili to encourage steam inhalation among their constituents.

Mayor Marlon is set to issue an executive order on June 19 establishing guidelines for essential workers regularly commuting to Cebu City to be allowed to return home as long as they do steam inhalation twice a day. 

He said the workers will be asked to sign an undertaking that they will do steam inhalation before and after work. (Mylen Manto)