‘No quarantine pass, no entry’, imumungkahing ipatupad sa shopping malls na nasa MECQ areas – Eleazar’

Robie de Guzman   •   May 18, 2020   •   285

MANILA, Philippines – Isusulong ng Joint Task Force for Coronavirus (JTF CV) Shield ang mas maigting na pagpapatupad ng “no quarantine pass, no entry” policy sa shopping malls na nasa ilalim ng modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) gaya ng Metro Manila.

Sa isang panayam, sinabi ni JTF CV Shield Commander Police Lieutenant Guillermo Eleazar na nakatakda silang makipag-pulong sa security managers ng malls sa Metro Manila upang ilatag ang kanilang suhestiyon upng mabawasan ang pagdami ng mga taong nagpupunta sa malls sa gitna ng community quarantine.

“Kapag wala kang quarantine pass, ibig sabihin hindi ikaw ang pinayagan ng local government unit na mag-represent ng household mo para pumunta sa sa mga establisyimento na permitted to operate,” ani Eleazar.

Imumungkahi rin nila na huwag papasukin ang mall goer na may hawak ngang quarantine pass ngunit naka-rehistro naman sa ibang lugar.

“Ang quarantine pass mo taga-Caloocan ka pero nasa Mandaluyong ka, hindi ka pa rin papapasukin,” paliwanag ng opisyal.

Ginawa ni Eleazar ang pahayag kasunod ng mga ulat na dumagsa ang maraming tao sa shopping malls na nagbukas na nitong weekend matapos ilipat sa MECQ ang Metro Manila at iba pang lugar sa bansa.

Kabilang ang malalaking malls sa mga establisimyento at opisina na pinapayagan nang mag-bukas ng kalahati ng kanilang operasyon at workforce.

Alinsunod sa guidelines na inilabas ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, kailangang maipatupad ng mga kumpanya at opisina ang minimum health standards kagaya ng physical distancing, temperature checking at face mask-wearing.

Nakasaad rin sa guidelines na essential at non-leisure stores lang ang pwedeng magbukas, kabilang na rito ang hardware stores, office supplies at clothing and accessories stores.

Limitado lang din ang mga pwedeng pumasok sa loob ng mall, hindi rin lahat ay puwedeng sumakay ng elevator, at dapat ay nakasara ang WiFi connection at mahina ang aircon upang maiwasan ang pagtambay sa loob ng establisimyento.

“Ang maximum number na allowed sa mall, considering sa computation of the common areas na ang formula daw don na sinasabi nila ay 1 customer per 2 square meters ngayon pag yung bilang na yun ay naabot na, wala nang pappasukin unless may lumabas na iba,” ani Eleazar.

Nakasaad rin sa guidelines na kada 30 minuto magsasagawa ng disinfection sa comfort rooms at kailangang may distansya ang mga upuan sa labas ng restaurants para sa mga customer na naghihintay ng takeout order. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Healthcare workers involved in selling of blood plasma will face sanctions — DOH

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 11, 2020

Health workers will face sanctions if it is proven that they are involved in the sale of convalescent plasma of COVID-19 survivors, the Department of Health (DOH) warned.

Investigation of the Health Department showed several hospital staff in Cebu City are involved in the illegal trade of blood plasma. The DOH said there are only four facilities authorized to collect plasma from COVID-19 survivors: The Philippine Blood Center, Philippine Red Cross in Port Area, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig and Quezon City, and UP-PGH in Manila.

Based on the DOH Administrative Order No. 36 Section 46, a medical professional proven to be involved in illegal activities could have his or her license revoked.

“Recommendation to revoke the certificate of registration or to suspend said certificate to practice the profession and to invalidate the professional license of any health professional involved in misrepresentation of facts or falsification of documents or records especially medical, laboratory or inspection results and certificates, or in violation of R.A. No. 7719 and the herein Rules, by the Professional Regulation Commission upon recommendation of the Secretary,” according to the administrative order.

DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire reminds the public that buying plasma from unauthorized individuals is dangerous due to lack of proper screening by health professionals.

“Maraming sakit pa na nata-transmit if we sell our blood lalo na iyon mga hindi na screen (There are a lot of diseases that can be transmitted if we sell our blood, especially when it is not screened),” she said. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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DOH reminds licensed laboratories to submit complete COVID-19 data

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 11, 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) has reminded licensed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) laboratories to submit their data on the deadly virus.

Based on the report of the DOH, out of 100 licensed laboratories in the country, only 70% have submitted the requirements for COVID-19 data on time.

DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said they are looking into the possible consequences for COVID-19 laboratories that are not compliant with the data protocols.

“If they are not compliant there would be some form of warnings and maybe suspension pinag-aaralan naming maigi,” she said.

Vergeire explained that the Health Department and COVID-19 laboratories have data reconciliation every week to ensure there will be no duplicates in the total number of coronavirus disease cases in the country.

The report also states that there are 3,177 backlogs in COVID-19 laboratories that are up for validation. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

House approves medical scholarship bill

Marje Pelayo   •   August 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – During an outbreak of a pandemic, the service of more healthcare workers is paramount. 

The Lower House of Congress acknowledges this importance, that is why on Monday (August 10), lawmakers approved on third and final reading House Bill 6756 or the Medical Scholarship and Return Service Program Act. 

The bill seeks to provide free education for aspiring doctors up to getting their professional license. 

Medical students will also enjoy free tuition and miscellaneous fees as well as allowances like books, supplies, equipment, clothing, dormitory and transportation. 

The bill also requires private and public colleges in the provinces to set up and offer medical courses.

Each municipality may accept one scholar or depending on the number that the Department of Health (DOH) recommends based on the rate of necessity for medical workers in a particular area.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a natural-born or naturalized Filipino; has taken a medical-related undergraduate course; has passed the entrance exam and the National Medical Admission Test.

Under the program, a scholar must take a board exam the year after graduation.

If he or she fails the exam twice, he or she will have to pay for the entire cost of a scholarship. 

Once the student becomes a licensed doctor, he or she has to stay in government service for six to seven years with a mandated remuneration and benefits.

If he or she refuses to serve in the government, he or she will pay the cost of the scholarship program twice the original value.

Failure to return the total amount will cause revocation of professional license. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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