Mga ilang mambabatas ikinabahala ang mabilis na pagtaas ng COVID-19 cases sa Pilipinas

Nanawagan ang mga mambabatas na i-step up ang mga hakbang makaraang tinagurian ang Pilipinas na ‘fastest-growing number of new coronavirus cases’ sa Western Pacific region.

“IATF must address the health protocols and programs being done by the DOH. Something is very wrong!” lahad ni Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III.

“I think it’s the delay in actions and responses. That includes contact tracing and aggressive research on medications,” dagdag pa nito.

Idinaing din ito ni Senator Joel Villanueva at sinabing may kakulangan sa guidance ng protocols para maiwasan ang pagkalat ng naturang virus.

“There was no clear guidance on surveillance and epidemiological monitoring. The current statistics are obviously consequences of these actions,” ani Villanueva.

“I really hope that during the past months we have upgraded our healthcare system to properly respond to this pandemic.”

“We continue to encourage the public to stay at home, practice social distancing and only come out of their homes when necessary. We urge the government to put in place a methodologically sound epidemiological surveillance so that we can make informed decisions on our policy approach regarding COVID,” dagdag pa nito.

Gayundin ang hinaing ni Senator Panfilo Lacson sa ‘mishandling’ ng Department of Health sa krisis na kinakaharap.

“That said, in spite of the DOH’s shortcomings, further worsened by the president’s almost blanket trust and confidence in [Health Secretary Francisco] Duque, the latest of which was the ridiculous theory that he is incapable of cheating on government funds since he is too wealthy to even think of further enriching himself, still, I would like to think that the IATF is performing fairly well,” giit ni Lacson.

Sa hiwalay na pahayag, hinikayat din ni Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go ang publiko na sumunod sa safety protocols.

“Kung susunod po tayo sa mga patakaran at patuloy tayong magtutulungan para maiwasan ang pagkalat ng sakit, kung mas maisasaayos rin ang ating health facilities and capabilities — ito po ang mga tanging makakapagsabi kung kailan natin malalampasan at tuluyang matapos ang krisis na dulot ng COVID-19,” paalala ni Go.

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