Netizen slams people demanding to make public names of people found positive of covid-19, cites 5 strong arguments why it should remain private

FB blogger Noel Landero Sarifa has taken to socmed to admonish people demanding to name names of people positive of covid-19.

In a Facebook post, Sarifa revealed why the government is not divulging the names of patients positive of covid-19. “Bakit hindi natin pwede pangalanan ang mga nagpositive sa Covid 19, iniingatan natin ang information ng Pasyente; Sinusunod natin ang Rights to Privacy?”

Sarifa explained that making public the names of people found positive of covid-19 and PUIs is not helping at all rather it will just make the situation worse. “Ang paglabas ng pangalan ng mga nagpositibo sa COVID 19 o paglalabas ng anumang impormasyon hinggil sa pagkakakilanlan ng mga taong under investigation o nahawaan ng COVID 19 ay hindi po nakakatulong, mas makakasama po ito sa sitwasyon.”

First, it will discourage people from stepping forward to have themselves tested. Worse, they will hide from the authorities thus the chances of having undetected cases increase. “Kapag nalaman ng mga tao na isasapubliko ang kanilang pangalan, marami ang iiwas magpatest. Magtatago sila at mas dadami ang undetected cases.”

Second, people showing the symptoms will not see the doctor, thus making it hard for DOH to track the real number of infected cases. “Ang mga magkakaroon ng sintomas ay matatakot pumunta sa Doctor. lalong mawawalan ng control ang DOH na matrack ang tunay na number ng mga infected na tao.”

People will avoid the Doctor and nurses who treated the patient found positive of covid-19, possibly compromising their ability to concentrate on their jobs and putting their safety at risk. “Ang mga Doctor at nurses na humawak sa mga pasyente ay iiwasan ng mga tao. Maaring hindi na sila makapagtrabaho ng maayos at malalagay sa alanganin ang kanilang sitwasyon.”

Relatives, friends and people who had a chance encounter with an individual found positive of covid-19 will be prone to bullying and could get hurt. Sarifa there are narrow-minded people in our midst. “ang mga kamag-anak, mga kaibigan at nakasalamuha ng taong nagpositive ay prone sa bullying, maaring masaktan. Hindi natin maiiwasan na may mga taong makikitid ang utak. Tulad ng AIDS, it is sexually transmitted disease pero madami pa ding tao ang nandidiri at natatakot sa may sakit na AIDS ngayon. Mas lalo pa ngayon na ang COVID ay mas kinatatakutan keysa sa AIDS.”

Sarifa warned of trouble. Some people don’t know how to react to situation like this so it’s better that people who know how to handle things are given the privilege of knowing the truth. “magkakagulo, madaling sabihin pero hindi natin hawak ang pag-iisip ng iilan. Mainam nang itago kesa sa pagmulan ng pagkakasakitan. Mas mabuti ng ang mga taong marunong lang maghandle sa sitwasyon ang nakaalam.”

Sarifa appealed to netizens not to make demands like divulging the identity of people found positive of covid-19 because their chances of recovery is high. Making their names public could cause psychological trauma and possibly depression because of bullying and people avoiding them. “Kaya wag ho nating ipagpilitan na ilabas ang mga pangalan ng mga pasyente para sa pansariling kapakanan, ang mga taong infected ay mayroong mataas na chance na makarecover. Kapag nalaman ng iilan na nahawaan sya, kahit nakarecover na ay maaring magdulot ito ng psychological trauma at depression sa panlalait at pangmamata ng iilan.”

Sarifa made a categorical statement that when they are in the shoes of people found positive of covid-19, their rights to privacy will be preserved. “At kung tayo din naman ang nasa kalagayan ng mga nainfect, mas pipiliin din natin na pangalagaan ang ating privacy at kaligtasan, madali lang sabihing isa publiko kung hindi tayo ang nabiktima.”

Sarifa wrapped up the informative post with an appeal to the public. “Let the expert do their job. Let us help the experts by understanding and listening to their advice. Keep safe mga kababayan.”

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