DOH insists PAO does not cooperate on Dengvaxia probe

admin   •   February 7, 2018   •   3738

MANILA, Philippines — The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) has not been cooperating in the investigation being conducted by the University of the Philippines-PGH experts on the Dengvaxia issue.

According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, they had sent letters to the office of the PAO chief but has not received any response on the matter.

“Usec. Eric Domingo has written letters to them but there is no response,” said the health secretary.

DOH wants the PAO to turn over to the expert panel the tissues they have gathered from the remains of the children who allegedly died because of Dengvaxia.

“Yung mga tissues, yung mga autopsy results kailangang gamitin yun kasama mga clinical audit, medical report audit na ginawa ng expert panel ng UP-PGH at magkaroon ng complementation, hindi yung pinaglalaban,” said the health secretary.

(The tissues, autopsy results should be used including the clinical audit, medical report audit prepared by the expert panel of UP-PGH in order to have a complementation instead of being pitted against.)

Acosta, however, denied the allegation.

In PAO chief’s text message, she said they have responded to the letters sent to them by the DOH.

She added that she also asked the department to provide a master list of those who have undergone vaccination.

Acosta also said that the DOH is the agency being questioned on this issue, and them not providing the PAO the master list created the seeming misunderstanding, in which Duque responded.

“Nasa Senate Blue Ribbon Committee na yung listahan validated 82 percent as of two weeks ago,” said Duque.

(The list is with the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee  and has been validated 82 percent as of two weeks ago.)

PAO chief Acosta and forensic expert Dr. Erwin Erfe are both expected to attend the next Senate probe on Dengvaxia. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

Healthcare workers may now get tested for COVID-19 as ‘vulnerable group’ — DOH

Marje Pelayo   •   April 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has established a protocol requiring all healthcare workers to undergo tests for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) despite exhibiting mild symptoms.

According to the DOH, healthcare workers belong to the ‘vulnerable’ group whose conditions need primary attention.

Since the fight against COVID-19 started in January, a number of doctors, nurses, hospitals and laboratory staffers have fallen ill, some have died, due to exposure to COVID-19.

Based on DOH’s previous policy on COVID-19 testing, workers belonging to the ‘vulnerable population’ should be prioritized but that included only senior citizens or the elderly with pre-existing medical conditions and those who are showing severe symptoms of the disease.

But following review of the policy on Tuesday (March 31), the DOH decided to include the healthcare workers to the vulnerable group.

“Kapag nagpunta sa isang health facility ang ating mga healthcare workers, dahil sila ay may sintomas o sila ay na- expose, kailangan po silang asikasuhin [Healthcare workers should be attended to once they show symptoms (of COVID-19) due to their exposure to the virus in a health facility where they work],” noted DOH Spokesperson Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.

“Kailangan po silang i- test ng ating mga heathcare workers [We should test our healthcare workers],” she added.

The DOH is still collating information about healthcare workers or medical professionals across the country who have been affected by COVID-19.

Medical professionals who contracted the disease in line of duty will receive P100,000 insurance package each.

Meanwhile, relatives of medical front-liners who succumbed to COVID-19 will get P1-M financial assistance from the national government. MNP (with inputs from Aiko Miguel)

DOH condemns discrimination, harassment on health workers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 30, 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday (March 29) condemned the discrimination and harassment against health workers frontlining the country’s battle against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a digital press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire denounced the attack against a health worker in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat.

“Atin pong bigyan ng tamang pagpapahalaga at respeto ang ating healthcare workers na taos pusong naglilingkod at nagsasakripisyo para proteksyunan ang buhay ng mamamayang Pilipino (Let us give the proper importance and respect to our healthcare workers who serve and sacrifice to protect the lives of the Filipinos),” she said.

The nurse in Sultan Kudarat was doused with bleach while on his way to work. The suspects had mistaken the nurse to have been infected by COVID-19.

The Health Department, said they have been receiving several reports of harassment against health workers amid the enhanced community quarantine. AAC

COVID-19 cases in PH rise to 636 with 38 deaths

Robie de Guzman   •   March 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reported that the number of people infected with novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country has climbed to 636 following the confirmation of 84 new cases.

The DOH also reported three new deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 fatalities to 38.

The department said the latest fatalities were all Filipinos, identified as Patients 319, 326 and 29.

In its report, the DOH said that Patient 319 is a hypertensive and diabetic 56-year old male from Quezon City who had no travel and exposure history. He died on March 22 due to community-acquired pneumonia secondary to COVID-19.

Patient 326 is a 57-year old male from Caloocan City with hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia. He had no travel and exposure history. He died on March 16 due to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome secondary to community-acquired pneumonia high risk and COVID-19. He was confirmed to have contracted the virus on March 21.

Patient 29 is an 82-year old female from Marikina City with hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and valvular heart disease. She had a travel history to the United States and exposure to a known COVID-19 case. She died on March 23 due to shock multifactorial (septic and cardiogenic), Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome secondary to COVID-19 pneumonia, and Acute Renal Failure secondary to sepsis.

The DOH earlier explained that the surge in coronavirus cases is due to the country’s increased testing capacity.

Meanwhile, six new recoveries were reported on Wednesday, bringing the total to 26.


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