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May 21, 2020 12:00 NN

DOH issues Press Release: Experts weigh in on testing: an overview of the process and causes of backlog
With 244,800 tests conducted to date, the Department of Health (DOH) in its May 18 Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser went point by point in discussing the complexities of COVID-19 testing, the wide range of factors affecting its speed and  accuracy, as well as the health and safety of the healthcare workers facilitating the testing process. Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire was joined by ThinkWell’s Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Maria Eufemia Yap and the Executive Director of the University of the Philippines Manila - National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco-Dela Paz, who detailed the entire testing process— from specimen collection to data validation and analysis...

May 21, 2020 12:00 NN

DOH issues Press Release: Testing not required for workers to return to work - DOH
With the easing of community quarantine, employers are encouraged to follow the Department Memorandum No. 2020-0220 on Interim Guidelines on Return to Work, the Department of Health (DOH) reiterates that it is not an official requirement for employees to get tested prior to working. According to the DOH, employers are not officially required to get their employees tested for COVID-19, and neither is it expected that employers require their employees to get tested. The Department mandates the screening and monitoring of employees to promptly address those showing symptoms...

May 18, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH to deputize med grads to assist in nat’l COVID-19 response
Consistent with the provisions of Republic Act (R.A.) 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” and R.A. 2382 or the “Medical Act of 1959,” the Department of Health (DOH) issued the Department Memorandum No. 2020-0169 last Saturday, which allows medical graduates to engage in limited practice of medicine as deputized physicians, without need of any certificate of registration from the Professional Regulation Commission...

May 16, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: Malasakit: panlaban natin sa COVID-19; former UP Chancellor contextualizes pandemic for Filipinos
The easing of the community quarantine across the Philippines is a huge breath of relief for many Filipinos whose lives and livelihoods have been displaced, but experts from the academic community caution that day-to-day behavior has to change until a vaccine is found. In the May 16 media forum, medical anthropologist and University of the Philippines (UP) professor, Dr. Michael Tan, appealed to both the government and the public to practice healthy behaviors while the virus continues to pose risks. The former UP Chancellor also called on all Filipinos to be kinder and more understanding, highlighting the importance of social solidarity in the fight against COVID-19...

May 14, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: Experts rally behind DOH data integrity, AIM, Ateneo data scientists affirm validity of findings
With the easing of the quarantine across the nation presenting a new chapter in the Philippines’ fight against COVID-19, local experts have rallied behind the Department of Health (DOH) to affirm the government’s decision-making process through sound reporting of data. According to data scientists Dr. Reena Estuar of the Ateneo de Manila University and Dr. Maya Herrera of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), as the country is battling a new virus, data is not always guaranteed with 100% accuracy. In a media forum this morning, both described how the DOH goes through a rigorous process in ensuring data accuracy in the reporting of COVID cases...

May 13, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: Government offers full support in quarantine, isolation facilities
With the incoming easing and lifting of community quarantines across the nation, the government has been bolstering its testing, isolation, and quarantine facilities to prevent overwhelming the healthcare system when a possible spike in infection occurs. In today’s Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser, Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire discussed with Bases Conversion and Development Authority President and CEO Vince Dizon how the government is improving the country’s isolation measures as part of its national response against COVID-19...