Dili, March 19th, 2021– The Director of the Integrated Crisis Management Centre, Brigadier General João Miranda “Aluk”, deplored the irresponsible information that has been spread through social media, related to COVID-19, implying that this situation is being politicized by the Government. So, Brigadier General asked the public not to believe these rumors, because COVID-19 really exists and at this moment we have already entered in local transmission
“Some say the Government politicizes. From the point of view of the Situation Room, and analyzing this situation, what we can say is that our community still does not have access to enough information to be aware that COVID-19 is a real thing. Timor-Leste is a country that has minimal health facilities and capacities, so we must be aware, ignore the rumors that say this is political, or that it was invented by someone. In fact, we are still not aware of our real situation “, lamented Brigadier General, at the Government Palace, this Friday.
To combat this false information, the Situation Room is currently working together with the Ministry of Health and other relevant parties, and intends to use the existing means to spread true information and to combat false information that others spread, and, thus, try to convince and make people aware of the risk of this outbreak.
The Former Head of the Military House, at the time of the Presidency of Dr. Jose Ramos Horta, added that his fear is that community transmission will arise because at this moment there is already local transmission. If the population is not aware of the health rules and protocols and considers that it is a joke, not complying with the rules, community transmission can happen, and we may lose control, which would be very bad, especially because the health system in Timor-Leste is still extremely fragile.
“We have difficulties in terms of health equipment and facilities. We do not have room to accommodate more people. Everyone must comply with the health rules and protocols so that we can prevent this disease because this disease is not a game or a joke. Our neighbors in Indonesia have a very high death toll, and the impact of this high number is that it has caused contagion to Timor-Leste. Fortunately, we have not entered the community transmission phase yet, but we have already local transmission. If we enter in the community transmission phase, Timor-Leste will face a major problem”. END/ M-PMO