Isinulong ni Senator Risa Hontiveros ang agarang pagpapalit ng mga miyembro ng Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases sa patuloy na paglobo ng kaso ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19) sa bansa.
“It is clear as day that we need to overhaul the IATF and replace its members with public health experts who actually know how to handle a public health emergency,” giit ni Hontiveros.
“The extreme call is to abolish the IATF, but during a pandemic, an interagency body is necessary. It must be led by public health experts and epidemiologists. Not by military officers,” dagdag ng senador.
Ayon pa sa senador na laging palpak ang IATF sa kabila ng pagpuna ng publiko at ng mga mambabatas.
“We must undertake a complete management overhaul of the IATF. We need health experts who will lead the way, just like in other countries,” aniya.
“We need a team of public health managers who understand that we need a systematic health approach and have the expertise to accomplish their mandate of effectively and scientifically controlling the coronavirus,” saad pa ni Hontiveros.
Lahad nito na nagsasakripisyo ang mga Filipino araw-araw sa kapalpakan ng IATF sa pagtugon sa pandemya.
“Stop forcing the Filipino people to martyr themselves just to keep a few in positions of power. The public has put up long enough with the IATF’s gross mishandling of the most basic solutions of test, trace, isolate and treat,” ani Hontiveros.
“It has come to a point in which their failures are inexcusable and unforgivable. Overhaul the IATF immediately,” dagdag pa nito.
Si Health Secretary Francisco Duque III ang chairperson ng IAFT habang Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles ang co-chair.
Una nang nanawagan sina Senator Imee Marcos at Senate President Vicente Sotto III ng pagbuwag ng IATF at magtalaga ng mga eksperto sa medisina.