Press Release/26 May 2020
The Philippine Hospital Association (PHA),the biggest hospital group in the country, has rallied behind the Department of Health (DOH) and Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III amid calls for his resignation right in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis.
In a media forum today, PHA President Jaime A. Almora declared that within their hospital network of 1,981 members of both private and government hospitals, there is no clamor for any drastic changes in the DOH.
“Tanggalin muna natin ang politika sa anti-COVID campaign, magtulong-tulong tayo ngayon, ”stressed Almora. “The focus is to help each other, how to cooperate and make our efforts united in this fight.”
According to Almora, the PHA has spent the last seven years searching for and implementing infection, prevention, and control (IPC) best practices and awarding hospitals for the quality of their IPC practices. Now, the focus is pushing for stronger practices against COVID-19 and increasing the isolation capacity through increased dedicated rooms in hospitals.
“We are going to enhance it to include more on practices that will help control new and emerging diseases,” said Almora.
The PHA also acts as a referral network of facilities for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 . It helps ensure that patients across the country receive medical care of the pandemic.
“The PHA is doing its best to cooperate with the programs of the DOH and the government, ”said Almora, “In fact, we are happy with how things are going. We are happy that we are able to control the spread of the infection. At least we are able to contain it in Manila, and in the provinces, we are not seeing an increase in cases out in the provinces.”
With the Philippines moving into a new chapter of the pandemic, Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire expressed her gratitude to the Department’s partners in this World War C. “We are very thankful for the useful support that our Philippine Hospital Association has continuously provided for us,” she said.