Senators urge DOH, LGUs to distribute face masks for free to ashfall-hit areas
Robie de Guzman • January 13, 2020 • 905
MANILA, Philippines – Senators on Monday urged the Department of Health (DOH) and local government units to distribute face masks and other similar protective gear for free to people affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.
In a statement, Senator Nancy Binay called on the DOH to include protective masks in relief packages to be distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and affected local government units.
“Sana i-prioritize ng DOH ang agarang pamimigay ng masks pati na rin mga gamot para maprotektahan ang mga kababayan natin,” Binay said, adding that children and those with respiratory and other health conditions should be given priority.
She also added that the government should enlist the help of the private sector in procuring masks as well as other supplies that would protect affected citizens.
She also slammed the “enterprising” attitude of traders and hoarders that have taken advantage of the situation and exacerbated the lack of supply.
“Sana naman huwag natin sinasamantala ang ganitong mga krisis para lang kumita. Sana mas manaig ang pagbabayanihan at pagkawanggawa sa mga ganitong sitwasyon,” Binay said.
Senator Risa Hontiveros also urged the DOH and local government units to use their stock of face masks and protective equipment and provide them for free to people who need them the most, such as families in badly-affected areas, first responders, and the immunocompromised such as the sick elderly and very young.
“No expense is too high to ensure thkkkkkke safety and good health of our people, especially in this time of need,” she said in a press statement.
The lawmaker also called on the public not to overstock and hoard supplies of face masks “so that everyone in the metro will get the protection needed to avoid serious health risks when we go outside of our homes.”
“Ngayong panahon ng sakuna, unahin natin ang kaligtasan at kalusugan ng lahat,” she said.
“This shameful profiteering by businesses at the expense of the health of others must stop,” she added.
Senator Sonny Angara, meanwhile, renewed his call for the establishment of an agency dedicated to dealing with all of the challenges brought about by natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and typhoons.
The Senate Bill 331 or the proposed disaster resilience act of 2019 calls for the creation of a Department of Disaster Resilience that will be the country’s lead agency on all matters related to disasters and climate change.
The bill proposes that during times of disaster, the said department will be tasked to undertake the necessary measures to ensure the protection of the people, including preemptive and forced evacuations. It is also mandated to develop and implement programs on disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness and response, and recovery and building better.
Angara also called on communities to heed official advisories and take necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families’ health.
“We call on all the agencies concerned to provide the necessary assistance to the affected areas,” he added.
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) reports that the total number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases is now at 283,460 as of 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 2020.
This, after 3,962 newly-confirmed cases were added to the list.
The DOH likewise announced 1,128 recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries to 209,885.
The health department’s latest bulletin showed that of the 3,962 reported cases today, 3,286 (83%) occurred within the recent 14 days (September 6 – September 19, 2020).
The top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were the NCR with 1,199 (36%), Region 4A with 780 (24%) and Region 3 with 446 (14%).
Of the 100 deaths, 66 occurred in September (66%), 16 in August (16%) 7 in July (7%) 4 in June (4%) and 7 in April (7%).
Twenty-seven (27) duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, 15 were recovered cases, the report added. Another patient who recovered was verified to be a foreign national and was also removed from the total case count.
On the other hand, 17 cases which were previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as deaths after final validation.
The department further reported that 10 laboratories were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Data Repository System (CDRS) on September 18, 2020. These laboratories are:
Daniel O. Mercado Medical Center
Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital
Kaiser Medical Center Inc.
Lanao del Norte Covid-19 Testing Laboratory
Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center (GX)
Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center (RT-PCR)
Research Institute for Tropical Medicine
Safeguard DNA Diagnostics
Taguig City Molecular Laboratory
Valenzuela Hope Molecular Laboratory
The DOH said the numbers they receive undergo constant cleaning and validation.— /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) sees a surge in the number of cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the coming days as over 30 laboratories in the country are still yet to submit their respective cases bulletin to the agency.
The DOH said 34 out of the 115 licensed testing laboratories have delayed results in their COVID-19 tests.
“This means there are confirmed cases per day that have not been reported yet officially and will come out this week,” said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.
“We may have an irregularly high number of cases in the coming days as cases from these laboratories get reported. We will ensure to highlight which of these cases are late reports,” she added.
The DOH points at incomplete information such as patients’ address and contact number as the cause of the delays in submitting their case bulletins.
Such information is vital to the contract tracing efforts of the government.
On September 1, the DOH required the testing laboratories to encode all information of their patients because the agency’s COVID-19 Data Repository System does not accept incomplete information.
“The main factor was the change in or the additional two variables–the complete address and the phone numbers that were stated to be mandatory,” Vergeire said.
“Hindi makakapasok or makaka-upload sa system noong kanilang submission if hindi kumpleto ang kanilang fields doon sa kanilang CIFs na isa-submit sa atin [They will not be able to enter or upload their submission into our system if the fields in the CIFs are incomplete],” she stressed.
Nonetheless, the official confirmed that the results have been gradually coming in from the concerned laboratories since Tuesday (September 8).
Once the results from these laboratories are submitted, expect an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the DOH’s overall tally.
Should these laboratories still fail to submit their reports next week, Vergeire said the DOH will push to sanction them.
34 Labs failed to submit their data to the COVID-19 Data Repository System
1. AL Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory
2. Amosup Seamen’s Hospital
3. Bohol Containerized PCR Laboratory
4. Butuan Medical Center
5. Cagayan Valley CHD TB Reference Laboratory
6. Calamba Medical Center
7. Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital
8. Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Memorial Hospital
9. Daniel O. Mercado Medical Center
10. Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
11. Dr. Arturo P. Pingoy Medical Center
12. Fe Del Mundo Medical Center
13. Green City Medical Center
14. Hi-Precision Diagnostics QC
15. Ilocos Training Regional Medical Center (GX)
16. Marikina Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory
17. Marilao Medical and Diagnostic Clinic
18. NKTI – GX
19. Philippine Airport Diagnostic Laboratory
20. Philippine Heart Center
21. Philippine Red Cross
22. Philippine Red Cross – Clark Mol Lab (PAMPANGA)
23. Philippine Red Cross – Logistics and Training- SUBIC, ZAMBALES
24. Philippine Red Cross – Molecular Biology Laboratory
MANILA, Philippines – Pina-alalahanan ng Department of Health (DOH) ang mga ospital sa bansa na hindi maaaring pigilin ang paglabas ng isang pasyente na kulang ang pera o walang maipambayad sa ospital.
Ayon kay Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, sang-ayon ito sa Republic Act 9439 o ang Anti-Hospital Detention Act.
Ginawa ng DOH ang paalala matapos makatanggap ng impormasyon na may pribadong ospital umano na nag-detain ng isang pasyente dahil walang maipambayad sa hospital bill.
Paglilinaw naman ni Vergeire, obligado pa rin ang pasyente na magbayad ng kanilang bill kaya kailangan silang mag-iwan ng dokumento o identification card sa ospital upang matiyak na hindi nila tatakbuhan ang kanilang obligasyon.
“Bawal po tayo mag-detain ng ating pasyente because they cannot pay as of this time. Alam niyo naman ang mga ospital ay entities din po ang mga ito na gumagastos and they need din po na mabayaran sila,” ang wika ni Vergeire.
“Although hindi tamang nagde-detain ng pasyente pero kailangan ang pasyente o ang pamilya ay makapag-iwan ng katunayan na babalik ka,” dagdag pa niya.
BInigyang-diin rin ng opisyal na hindi maaaring i-refer ang isang pasyente o kaanak nito sa isang lending facility para makakuha ng loan na pambayad sa ospital.
Ang maaari aniyang gawin ng pasyente ay gumawa ng sulat o promissory note para sa pagsasa-ayos ng bayarin.
“They can leave a promissory note with the promise of course that they can pay in installment kung kailangan,” ani Vergeire.
“It is also not a good practice that hospitals will be directing patients to lending facilities and all. Ang kailangan lang po that is acceptable, humihinigi lang po sila ng ID na iiwanan nila or something than can be tracked pa rin ang pasyente,” dagdag pa niya.
Paalala rin ng DOH na dapat maayos ang usapan at walang magigipit sa ganitong sitwasyon.
“It is an internal arrangement between the hospitals and patients. Una, kailangan din natin intindihin ang side ng hospital mayroon kasing naiwan na pera na hindi mababayaran,” ani Vergeire.
Kung nakaranas ng panggigipit sa mga ospital, maaaring maghain ng reklamo sa Health Facilities and Services Regulatory Bureau ng DOH upang maimbestigahan ang isyu.
Alinsunod sa batas, maaaring pagmultahin ng hanggang P50,000 o kaya ay makulong ng hanggang anim na buwan ang sinumang opisyal o empleyado ng isang medical facility na mapapatunayang nanggipit ng isang pasyenteng hindi kayang barayan ang hospital bill. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)
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