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Solons to gov’t: Heed the plea of medical workers

Lawmakers expressed all-out support on Sunday (August 2) to the appeal made by Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Medical Associationto shift Mega Manila back to a 15-day enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), even as they sought a change in leadership in the Department of Health (DOH) and other agencies handling the country’s response against COVID-19. (JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman, Anakalusugan partylist Rep. Michael Defensor, Bayan Muna partylist Rep.  Carlos Isagani Zarate, and Quezon City  2nd District Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo called on the government to heed the plea of the medical experts and frontliners for more stringent health protocols in critical areas. “While both the health and economic crisis wrought by  the still ravaging COVID-19 pandemic must be both effectively addressed, the relief and recovery of the people’s health must be prioritized. Lives lost are forfeited forever but businesses lost can be redeemed,” Lagman said in a statement.“We must learn from the bitter lesson experienced by other countries like Japan which prematurely reopened economic, leisure and domestic travel activities only to be besieged later by a resurgence of the viral contagion,” he stressed.  Defensor, chairperson of the House Committee on Public Accounts, said, “If our leading doctors are prescribing it, then as good patients, we are all for Mega Manila’s brief return to an ECQ.” “Our sense is, our public health system is on the verge of collapse, and the momentary return to an ECQ will buy everybody more time to gird for a longer battle against the coronavirus disease,” he said. He said once the government gives in to the appeal, the COVID-19 National Task Force should take that opportunity to fix the lack of hospital staff due to doctors, nurses and other personnel getting infected and still recovering, or undergoing routine seclusion after possible exposure; expand the bed capacities of makeshift hospitals and quarantine facilities; and improve case-finding and the isolation of suspected cases. Defensor said the government should also step up contact-tracing and quarantining; upgrade public transportation options and safety; strengthen workplace protection; build up enforcement of and public compliance with self-protective measures such as the wearing of face masks and face shields, handwashing as well as social and physical distancing; and increase financial and livelihood support to distressed households. Zarate said they are one with our frontliners in demanding a reprieve from the overwhelming cases of COVID-19, particularly in the National Capital Region. “Reverting back to ECQ or whatever level of lockdown is useless or will be for naught if the primary recommendation of frontliners like free mass testing, pro-active contact tracing, isolation and treatment will not be seriously implemented by the government,” he said in a statement. For her part, Castelo said, “Let us listen to them. They are the ones on the frontline. Indeed, after five months of fighting this pandemic, they are exhausted physically, emotionally and mentally.” She laments that several doctors and nurses have died and many others have fallen sick while battling COVID-19. “Our medical workers are asking for a short time to recuperate. Let us give it to them,” she said. In a radio interview, Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said the government should strike a balance between the economy and health of the Filipinos, but it should be tilted somehow, in favor of health amid the appeal made by physicians to shift Mega Manila back to a 15-day ECQ. He asked the DOH to come up with “a system, a policy, or even perhaps a strategy” to reinforce the country’s health system by augmenting the medical force.  In a separate statement, Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro said the Inter Agency Task Force for COVID-19 should be headed by medical experts instead of generals who have done nothing but to impose military solutions to combat a public health crisis.  “Our frontliners are already pleading to the Duterte administration to implement a comprehensive medical plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The government needs to listen and take concrete actions with the demands of our healthcare workers,” she said.   “It is high time that medical experts lead in the fight against COVID-19 instead of military generals. Medical experts who will not twist data and try to sanitize the numbers. We need medical experts who use science and not allow an entire population to be used as guinea pigs in a failed response and inadequate policies for public health safety.”.....»»

Category: newsSource: mb.com.ph mb.com.phAug 2nd, 2020

Poe to IATF: Heed health workers’ plea

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Grace Poe called on the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases to act on the cries of the country’s health workers who are falling ill and risking their lives amid the still unresolved COVID-19 crisis. In a statement, Poe said that medical frontliners are the most valuable players in the battle against […] The post Poe to IATF: Heed health workers’ plea appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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DOH says it will advocate frontliners plea for Metro Manila time-out

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Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

NCR under ECQ anew nixed

Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra on Sunday said placing back the National Capital Region (NCR) under the more stringent enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) as suggested by several groups of medical frontliners would result in workers dying of hunger. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (TOTO LOZANO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “I understand where our medical and health professionals are coming from. They are expectedly getting weary. I agree that they need all the support and care that the government can provide,” Guevarra said. “But everyone else is getting weary. Millions of people need to go back to work and earn a living, or else they die of hunger. We need to stir the economy back to life, albeit gradually, lest we reach a point where it will be doubly difficult to recover,” he added. “All of us have to make personal sacrifices for the common good. All these will come to pass, and when it’s all over the nation will remember with gratitude those who were heroes during this dreadful pandemic. Our doctors, nurses, and other health workers surely top them all.” NCR and other parts of the country are under general community quarantine (GCQ) until Aug. 31. Guevarra is a member of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). Forty medical societies, spearheaded by the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP), have asked President Duterte to place Metro Manila anew under ECQ to check effectively the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The President has directed IATF to look into and act immediately on the concerns raised by the health frontliners. Health Secretary Francisco Duque II said the health workers’ plea will be taken up by the IATF......»»

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Solons vow safe haven for frontliners

In a bid to spur economic activities to preserve jobs and protect health-care workers, House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez, and the Office of the Civil Defense have billeted at least 100 emergency medical front liners of the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center at the Leyte Park Hotel and Resort......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 19th, 2020

Rody assures health workers of incentives

President Rodrigo Duterte assured health workers on Friday the government will “do our best” to release their incentives and protect them as the country battles record-high COVID-19 cases, days after various medical groups said they are considering mass resignation due to the non-release of their benefits......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 21st, 2021

VSMMC justifies hazard pay to workers not physically reporting to work

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) justified its payment of P2.11 million to personnel not physically reporting to work during the pandemic as a humanitarian move for those who were quarantined after contracting COVID-19 during their duty days. The Commission on Audit (COA) has flagged this expense in their 2020 […] The post VSMMC justifies hazard pay to workers not physically reporting to work appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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132 Cebu health workers get COVID-19

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Cebu City begins releasing cash incentives for frontliners sent to NCR

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City government on Monday, July 12, has announced that it has begun releasing the incentives meant for medical frontliners who were deployed in Metro Manila earlier this year. The city’s Public Information Office (PIO) on social media said several healthcare workers started receiving financial assistance up to P30,000 from […] The post Cebu City begins releasing cash incentives for frontliners sent to NCR appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2021

Hundreds of Thai medical workers infected despite Sinovac vaccinations

BANGKOK — Thailand’s health ministry said on Sunday more than 600 medical workers who received two doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine have been infected with COVID-19, as authorities weigh giving booster doses to raise immunity. Of the 677,348 medical personnel who received two doses of Sinovac, 618 became infected, health ministry data from April to July […] The post Hundreds of Thai medical workers infected despite Sinovac vaccinations appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2021

65.5% of Region 7’s medical workers fully vaccinated vs. COVID-19

CEBU CITY, Philippines — More than half of healthcare workers in Central Visayas have already been fully vaccinated, recent data from the regional health office showed. The Department of Health here (DOH-7) reported that, as of July 7, 65.5 percent of the region’s 131,989 medical frontliners have completed their inoculation schedule for the COVID-19 vaccine. […] The post 65.5% of Region 7’s medical workers fully vaccinated vs. COVID-19 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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Over a dozen fully vaccinated doctors have died of COVID-19 in Indonesia, a medical association said Friday, as the Southeast Asian country battles a rash of severe cases in inoculated medical workers and highly infectious new virus strains......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 26th, 2021

McDonald’s BTS meal natikman na ng higit 2K med frontliners

Manila, Philippines – Tinatayang mahigit 2,000 medical frontliners na ang nakatikim ng McDonald’s BTS meal bago pa ito ilunsad sa Pilipinas. Mabibili pa lamang ang BTS meal sa Biyernes ngunit nauna nang namahagi ang McDonald’s Kindness Kitchen ng reward sa healthcare workers para sa kanilang efforts sa gitna ng pandemic. Piling ospital ang nakatanggap ng […] The post McDonald’s BTS meal natikman na ng higit 2K med frontliners appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJun 16th, 2021

Provincial Board excited to meet IATF experts

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Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2021

Hemorrhaging health sector

“If these delayed hazard pay and salary grade adjustments are updated, then we might just stem the flight of medical workers to higher-paying jobs abroad. The post Hemorrhaging health sector appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 13th, 2021

Med-tech group seeks easing of deployment cap

The biggest group of medical technologists in the US is seeking a review of the Philippine cap on the deployment of health care workers to America, the Labor Department said Sunday......»»

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Du30 confers Order of Lapu-Lapu to PGH health workers

Senator and Chair of the Senate Committee on Health Christopher “Bong” Go welcomed the conferment of the Order of Lapu-Lapu to honor medical frontliners of the Philippine General Hospital who responded bravely during a fire incident in the health facility last month. After the incident, Go immediately recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte to officially recognize […] The post Du30 confers Order of Lapu-Lapu to PGH health workers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2021

DOH counts on private sector to speed up vaccine rollout

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) aims to ramp up vaccination efforts against COVID-19 with the help of the private sector, which will put up its own jab sites and deploy health workers, Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Saturday. The DOH also said it would deploy medical experts to help convince more […] The post DOH counts on private sector to speed up vaccine rollout appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2021

Caloocan vaccinates more than 52K residents

The Caloocan City local government has given 52,533 residents their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, as of Friday. Those in the A1 category of active medical and health care workers, 6,100 have received their jabs, while in the A2 category or senior citizens, another 17,105 were inoculated. Of those belonging to the A3 category, […] The post Caloocan vaccinates more than 52K residents appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 15th, 2021

Frontliners get immune-boosting treat

In keeping with the Filipino Bayanihan spirit, NutriAsia has sent even more cans and tetra packs of Locally Blended Juice Drink to 23 hospitals and medical centers around Metro Manila. Healthcare workers from Chinese General Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center, FEU Hospital, Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Lung Center of the Philippines, Manila Doctors Hospital, […] The post Frontliners get immune-boosting treat appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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