Mass testing and mass hiring of health workers necessary and urgent

Duque must go now!

“We support calls of health workers for the ramping up of free mass testing efforts, more effective and aggressive contact tracing,  setting-up of more quarantine centers, and dedicated treatment facilities/hospitals for COVID-19. Mass hiring of more health workers and strengthening the capacity of the entire health care system are the only effective solutions that we need right now. We also reiterate the demand for the resignation of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. Duque wasted several months of quarantine and lockdown by neglecting proposals from concerned sectors.”

“Hospitals are now in the danger zone with almost full capacity and weakened workforce. Mass hiring of health workers will reinforce our public hospitals. We need more doctors, nurses, and hospital workers. Health frontliners must also be compensated fairly and provided with sufficient economic benefits and protection.”

“Calls by doctors and health professionals for a timeout in the overwhelming deluge of COVID-19 patients is justified and understandable. Our doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and health workers are already fatigued and weary in this battle against coronavirus. They are getting sick and receiving not enough support and protection from the government. We have said and reiterated since Day 1 that health and medical solutions are imperative to slow down and flatten the COVID-19 curve. However, Duterte and the generals in the IATF-EID insisted on militaristic solutions. The DOH, for its part, pathetically resorted to sugarcoating the worsening health situation by releasing confusing and inaccurate figures on COVID infections, recoveries, and deaths,” said Danilo Ramos, chairperson of KMP. 

“We are nearing the 100,000-mark in terms of COVID-19 cases. The Department of Health cannot conceal the fact that the curve is steadily rising with increasing COVID-19 infections by doctoring COVID figures. Duterte is repeatedly spewing rubbish and putting too much faith in health secretary Francisco Duque. Huwag na nilang pahirapan pa ang mga medical frontliners. Kung may natitira pang delicadeza si Secretary Duque, dapat na siyang mag-impake at mag-resign bilang kalihim ng kalusugan,” Ramos concluded. ###

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