Follow us for updates
© 2021
Read the Story →

Doc Willie Ong Says Daily COVID Numbers Bad for Mental Health

Focus instead on testing, safety protocols, VP bet says.
by Pia Regalado
Sep 22, 2021
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano

The most followed doctor on Philippine Facebook who is running for vice president, Willie Ong, said that for the mental health's sake, he would lessen frequency of the release of COVID data to focus instead on testing and measures to slow the spread of the virus.

Ong, who is the running mate of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, said he would push for case numbers to be released every three days instead of daily. 

"Ayoko kayo araw-araw check nang check, nako tumaas ba ang kaso? Bumaba ba ang kaso? Gagawin natin siguro every three days lang. Ngayon medyo tumataas pero relax lang, enjoy kayo, matulog nang maayos, dasal lang. Okay lang 'yang numbers pero konting ingat," he said when asked by the media about his plans to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

"'Di ko kayo ii-stress, itutuloy 'yung trabaho ninyo. Marami pa tayong magagawa sa COVID."


Mayor Isko Moreno is Running for President, His Office Says

Continue reading below ↓

Who Is Doctor Willie Ong, Isko Moreno's VP Running Mate

Why Isko Moreno Picked Willie Ong as His Vice President

Ong, who gives free medical advice to 16 million Facebook followers, underscored the importance of free COVID-19 testing. 

"Bakit napakahalaga ng testing? 'Pag nalaman n'ya na positive siya, hindi na siya manghahawa, 'di na siya papasok, 'di na siya in denial na ubo-ubo lang ito, balewala ito kasi alam n'yang positive," he said.

Continue reading below ↓
Recommended Videos

Ong said he would prioritize the needs of health workers who have been on the pandemic frontlines for nearly two years.

"Number one, 'yung health workers napakahalaga. Maraming ospital, maraming bed kaya lang demoralized ang health workers, doctor and nurses, 'yung suweldo nila, 'yung allowance," he said. 

Ong said he was looking into second-generation COVID-19 vaccines which can stop the spread of the hyper contagious Delta variant. Like Moreno, he also called for more COVID-19 medicines remdesivir and tocilizumab.

Continue reading below ↓

"Itong mga lockdown, no lockdown? Short term e. Face shield, no face shield? Short term. Vaccine, gamot, at prevention ang habol natin."

He said he would address three priority areas in health: COVID-19, non-COVID diseases, and hunger."Dapat lahat mababa," he said.


The Doc Willie Ong is In: How the VP Bet Plans to Uplift Healthcare

Isko Moreno, Eyeing Presidency, Wants Millennials in Government

Reportr is now on Quento. Download the app or visit the Quento website for more articles and videos from Reportr and your favorite websites.

Latest Headlines
Read Next
Recent News
So victims can avail of legal remedies.
His colleagues urge authorities to bring his killers to justice.
Representing transformative times.
The news. So what? Subscribe to the newsletter that explains what the news means for you.
The email address you entered is invalid.
Thank you for signing up to On Three, reportr's weekly newsletter delivered to your mailbox three times a week. Only the latest, most useful and most insightful reads.
By signing up to newsletter, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.