Doctor: ‘All of us are now frontliners’

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Dr. Hoa Nguyen (PNC file photo)

Dr. Hoa Nguyen, head of the governor’s Physician’s Advisory Group, told Patti Arroyo on Newstalk K57 Tuesday morning that the government’s guidelines will only work if everyone on the island does their part.

“We really need everyone to be the frontliners. Not the hospital..not the clinic..it’s everyone on Guam’s responsibility to curb this virus. If not, it will continue to go up and we’ll get in trouble. It’s a small island, our healthcare system is very fragile, and we’re going to push this over the limit,” he said.

Dr. Nguyen also said that although he understands the challenges faced by the business community, they must play their part too.

He said GovGuam needs to be able to hold businesses accountable for violating government safety guidelines.

“It doesn’t make sense that Public Health can shut down a business for having a cockroach or a rat there that won’t kill anyone. That’s not a life-threatening situation. But you have a potential infectious virus that can affect someone’s life and you cannot shut down the business. Something has to change. I think the legislature has to put some law there that can let Public Health enforce the guidelines,” the doctor said.

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