Grace Poe demands explanation for ‘overpriced’ PPE's

Grace Poe demands explanation for ‘overpriced’ PPE's

Reports from different parts of the world is common there is a big demand for Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) and the manufacturers of the said PPE’s canot cope up with the demand globally.

Senator Grace Poe has awakened from a brief media sabbatical brought about by the enhanced community quarantine by sending a question to the Department of Health (DOH).

Poe asks the DOH why it purchased personal protective equipment (PPE) sets at P1,800 each when market value was between P400 and P1,000. Opting for a cheaper price but of the same quality would have only cost the DOH about P400 million to 1 billion, generating P800 million in savings at the minimum.

Sentor Grace Poe
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“Confronting an extraordinary public health crisis requires prompt response but in doing so, let us not forget the need for the judicious use of fund releases,” said the senator, who strongly advocated for the protection and just compensation of health frontliners in the newly signed law: Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

“Ang bawat piso na matitipid natin sa ganitong panahon ay maaari pa nating magamit sa iba pang mga programa ng gobyerno para makapagbigay ayuda sa ating mga kababayan na higit ring nangangailangan ng tulong tulad ng financial aid at pagkain pang araw-araw,” said Poe.

The lady senator urges the DOH to ease the bureaucratic red tape with respect to the distribution of personal protective equipment donations and other critical medical devices to hospitals designated to treat COVID-19 patients.

“More than two weeks into the enhanced quarantine, swift action and massive testing will help accelerate collaborative efforts to contain the pandemic, a valuable lesson we could learn from our Asian counterparts who have become successful in slowing down the spread of the disease,” said Poe.

She appeals to the DOH to further streamline the process of making the donated PPEs readily available to all hospitals and frontliners to put a stop to the increasing infected numbers everyday.

“Nagpapasalamat tayo at nagdadatingan na ang mga kagamitang mahalaga sa pagsugpo ng epidemiyang ito kaya sana ay maipamahagi ito sa mga ospital at ating mga health frontliners sa lalong madaling panahon,” said Poe.
“Subalit tulad ng pahayag ng Pangulo, hindi ito panahon ng pagsasamantala, kaya’t nananawagan tayo sa DOH na kung maaari ay iprayoridad ang pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga local manufacturers upang mas makakuha ng murang PPE,” she added. 

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