VIP TREATMENT? DOH denies prioritizing politicians, officials for virus testing

first_imgDOH undersecretary Maria RosarioVergeire said Monday that most of the reported personalities who were testedfor COVID-19 were all qualified. “Gustoko lang linawin, hindi napapabayaan ‘yungating patients under investigation. Lahatnaman inaasikaso,” Vergeire told DZBB. “‘Yunpong mga sinasabi nilang na-test namga officials, most of them pasok sacriteria.” “If I came out positive, [I] will also post so the people who came near me would know the result whether positive or negative. My apologies to those offended,” Tolentino said in a statement. Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Sen. Francis Tolentino clear the air on their use of limited test kits for the novel coronavirus after they received backlash online. “Walanglamangan, walang gulangan. Iyom naman po ang ating mensahe,” Nograles saidduring the Laging Handa media briefing on Monday morning. Tolentino was one of the senators who underwent self-quarantine after he had a close contact with fellow senator Sherwin Gatchalian, who conducted a Senate hearing earlier this month were one of the resource person was tested positive for the virus. MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) hasdenied that it is giving special treatment to politicians and governmentofficials in the testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). According to the DOH, only persons underinvestigation in severe to critical condition must undergo testing forCOVID-19. Asymptomatic patients with exposure history must undergo 14-day homequarantine. Meanwhile, after drawing flak for his Facebook post where he said he tested negative for the COVID-19, Senator Francis Tolentino said that he was forced to undergo testing after developing symptoms. Vergeire said some government officialswere being allowed to be tested due to national security reasons despite thelacking of COVID-19 testing kits. In a statement on Sunday evening, the neophyte senator apologized after his social media post did not sit well with the netizens, who were calling for mass testing for the COVID-19. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles,meanwhile, said that guidelines were in place in the conduct of COVID-19testing to ensure fairness and it should be followed. The hashtag #NoToVIPTesting trended on Twitter on Sunday night as netizens protested against politicians who were tested for COVID-19 despite the limited number of test kits in the country, decrying the politicians’ disregard for the DOH triage algorithm for the disease./PNlast_img

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