The government is prepared to respond to polio, the African swine fever (ASF), and other health concerns, Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go assured the public on Sunday.

Go gave the assurance during the fifth anniversary celebration of the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Coordinating Committee Movement in Davao City, where he was the guest speaker.

Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go. PHOTO BY J. GERARD SEGUIA

Asked on the reemergence of polio in the country, Go said the government was prepared to respond to such health concerns and remained committed to the strict implementation of the national immunization program.

He encouraged citizens to visit health centers to get free vaccinations.

“Hindi lang po sa polio, maraming mga vaccination program ang gobyerno na libre naman po. Nakikiusap po ako, magtiwala po tayo sa ating programa (Not only polio, the government has many free vaccination programs. I am appealing to you to trust our programs),” the senator said.

The Department of Health earlier said the country had ample supply of polio vaccines. The Philippines has been polio-free since 2000. It takes only one confirmed case of polio for the department to declare an outbreak.

Go also called for sobriety as the government implements measures to prevent the spread of the ASF virus.

“Nakatutok po ngayon ang ating Department of Agriculture. Ayon sa kanila hindi naman daw po delikado (The Department of Agriculture is monitoring the situation. They said ASF is not dangerous [to humans]),” the senator added.