DOH urged to step up protection of health workers

DOH urged to step up protection of health workers

The Department of Health (DOH) should ensure proper care for the country’s health workers by providing them Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) sets as well as mental support, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said Thursday.

CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia made the call as the Health department placed the number of COVID-19-infected health workers to 1,062.  A total of 26 have died.

“Our health workers are our best shot in putting an end to the pandemic. We honor them for their sacrifices, but adequate resources and care, such as ample rest and support for their mental health, should also be assured by the government and other authorities,” De Guia pointed out.

As mass testing has become necessary as part of the measures to curb the spread of the virus, De Guia said the DOH should have more  accredited laboratories capable of conducting real-time polymerase chain reaction tests.

“It is also imperative to ensure the efficient transportation of medical equipment and other life-saving devices through sustained coordination with hospitals and local governments. Procurement of PPE sets must also remain transparent and in full compliance with government procurement standards,” she  added.

DOH Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire earlier said that the increased number of healthcare workers infected with COVID-19 was not due to lack of PPE sets but a result of acquiring COVID-19 elsewhere.

The Philippines has recorded 6,981 COVID-19 cases as of 4 p.m. Thursday. Of this number, 722 have recovered while 462 have died. —LDF, GMA News