DOH hindi pabor sa panukalang alisin ang face shield policy

Robie de Guzman   •   June 3, 2021   •   554

MANILA, Philippines – “Hindi pa napapanahon,” ito ang naging tugon ni Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III sa panukalang alisin na ang polisiya sa pagsusuot ng face shield sa mga pampublikong lugar.

Ayon kay Duque, maaari lamang itong ikonsidera kapag naging malawak na ang vaccination coverage ng Pilipinas.

Una nang isinulong ni Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Dumagoso na alisin na ang protocol sa pagsusuot ng face shield dahil dagdag-gastos lamang aniya ito para sa publiko.

“Ok (ang) mungkahi ni Mayor Isko kung malaki na vaccination coverage natin. Hindi pa pwedeng tanggalin ang face shield policy for now when our two-dose vaccination coverage is still low due to inadequate vaccine supply,” ang pahayag ni Duque.

Dagdag pa ng kalihim, maraming scientific evidence ang nagpapatunay na ang pagsusuot ng face mask, face shield at pagsunod sa physical distancing ay nakakapagbigay ng 95 porsiyentong proteksyon kontra COVID-19 sa isang tao.

Ipinaliwanag din ni Dr. Alethea de Guzman ng DOH Epidemiology Bureau na tumataas pa rin ang kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa, lalo na sa Region 2, Visayas at Mindanao kaya hindi pa maaaring alisin ang face shield policy

 Alam ko hindi madali, hindi convenient iyong naka face shield ka, lalo na ako may salamin pa ako pero I think ito ay isa sa kailangan talaga sa ngayon,” ani De Guzman.

“Let’s adhere and let’s comply because these are necessary to protect ourselves, and also to protect ang nasa bahay natin at ang nasa workplace natin from getting ill,” dagdag pa niya.

Hindi rin aniya sapat na dahilan ang pagiging fully vaccinated ng isang tao para huwag nang magsuot ng face shield gaya ng sitwasyon sa ibang mga bansa.

“Tayo, kailangan muna mapababa iyong kaso, iyong transmission rate na sinasabi natin. At the same time, we want to further increase iyong coverage natin, especially in our priority groups: healthcare workers, senior citizens, and those with comorbidities,” ani De Guzman.

“After we’ve achieved certain milestones, then we can review kung meron na ba tayong pwedeng i-revise sa ating current minimum public health standards,” dagdag pa niya.

Sa panig naman ng Malakanyang, sinabi ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque na maaari lamang ikonsidera ang panukala kung irerekomenda ito ng konseho ng mga alkalde sa Metro Manila.

Nanindigan rin itong kailangan pa ang polisiya dahil sa patuloy na banta ng COVID-19.

“Nakikinig naman po ang IATF. I’m sure narinig ng IATF ang rekomendasyon ni Yorme at kung ito po ay magiging rekomendasyon ng lahat ng mga mayor sa Metro Manila ay talaga naman pong pinakikinggan po ang atin pong mga implementers dahil sila po ang nagpapatupad ng mga IATF policies,” ang wika ni Roque. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondents Aiko Miguel, Rosalie Coz)

IATF amends guidelines in NCR alert level 4 restrictions

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (AITF-MEID) has amended the guidelines for the implementation of the Alert Level 4 in the National Capital Region (NCR), Malacañang said Friday.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the revised guidelines will take effect on October 1 should the pilot implementation of the alert level system be extended next month.

The new strategy is being imposed in virus hotspots in the NCR until September 30.

The amendments recently approved by the IATF include allowing individual outdoor exercises within general area of residence for persons not required to remain in their respective homes.

Authorities earlier allowed outdoor exercises for residents regardless of health and vaccination status, but they shall only be limited to moving within their village or barangay.

Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 and for the cremains of COVID-19 deceased shall be allowed.

Attendance to these services, however, will only be limited to immediate family members, the IATF said.

All contact sports, whether indoor or outdoor, will remain prohibited. Those being conducted under a “bubble-type” setup are exempted.

Personal care establishments and home services are still not allowed. These services include aesthetic and cosmetic services or procedures, make up services, spas, reflexology, wellness, and holistic services and other similar procedures.

Positive COVID-19 antigen test results now included in case count – IATF

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The number of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 through rapid antigen tests will now be included in the Philippines’ case count, Malacañang said Friday.

In a televised briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) reached the decision during their meeting on Thursday in an aim to improve the reporting of COVID-19 cases.

“’Yan po ang ating objective para mas maging mabuti yung picture natin kung ilan ang total cases natin,” Roque said.

He, however, clarified that these tests will be subjected to confirmatory tests.

The use of antigen test is mostly effective for people who already manifested symptoms within the first five days of their onset as the viral load of the patient is at the highest during this time.

In line with this, the IATF directed the Department of Health NCR Center for Health Development to monitor and facilitate registration of facilities using rapid antigen kits.

They must also ensure that antigen line tests are collected and consolidated from health facilities, localities, as well as temporary treatment and monitoring facilities.

“Kaugnay nito, ang Department of Health NCR Center for Health Development ay inatasang mag-facilitate ng registration ng facilities na gumagamit ng rapid antigen kits,” he said.

“Augmentation of disease surveillance surveillance staff and encoders are considered to ensure that line lists are generated and submitted on a daily basis,” he added.

As of Sept. 23, the Philippines has 165,780 active COVID-19 cases based on DOH data.

Duterte asks PNP, AFP to deploy medical personnel to hospitals needing more staff

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to prepare for the deployment of their medical personnel to hospitals that are in need of additional manpower.

“Kung wala nang iba, ‘yung mga nurses sa pulis marami yan, pati sa medical corps ng army. I have to use a little of my influence sa kanila to convince them,” Duterte said in a taped public address aired late Wednesday.

“Please place your human resources on ready, on deck because talagang alam mo yun lang madali kong maasahan,” he added.

Duterte issued the statement after receiving reports that a lot of medical personnel, particularly in St. Luke’s Medical Center were unable to go on duty due to COVID-19 infection.

The AFP said it has started deploying a number of its personnel to some hospitals in Metro Manila as it continues look for more nurses from its ranks.

The PNP, for its part, said it is currently accounting the number of its medical teams that could be deployed to assist medical workers amid rising cases of COVID-19.

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