“I hope it’s not true because underreporting would only expose Filipinos to more danger,” Robredo

“I hope it’s not true because underreporting would only expose Filipinos to more danger,” Robredo

The sudden spike of the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country have given some quarters to speculate that there have been underreporting coronavirus cases-if true- the Vice President said it would be more harmful to people in the country.

Vice President Leni Robredo, addresses the Department of Health and she is hoping that they will be truthful to its statements, as it would be dangerous if the populace are not aware of the true situation.

“I hope it’s not true because underreporting would only expose Filipinos to more danger,” VP Robredo told reporters in Filipino about the remark of Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson that the Heath officials might have been underreporting on COVID-19 cases.

Vice President Leni Robredo
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“What’s important here is that you know where the incidence is because the COVID-19 transmissions are very fast,” she added. “It’s very important to be transparent.  We saw what they did in Taiwan, how transparency has helped them to prevent the spread of more cases.  There are best practices. We hope that the government follows those steps.”

Over the weekend Lacson made a statement that the DOH might have been underreporting, albeit unintentionally the number of coronavirus cases (covid-19) in the country.

He explains that this might be because of the country’s ill-equipped heath facilities for testing patients with possible covid-19 disease because the number will never be enough as compared to the 100 million Filipinos today.

Amidst the ever changing medical landscape, VP Robredo has raised valid concerns that the government would need to address — like the possibility of increasing the number of testing sites, the provision of an expense-free treatment, and the readiness of local and district health centers.

“A lot of things need to be fixed.  As of now, only one government hospital has the capability to test.  They are looking at four other hospitals that may be capable of testing.  They told us that testing would take around 24 to 48 hours. If they can, maybe they should shorten the testing time because immediate results are important,” Robredo said.

“The next question is: Is testing free?  Because if it’s not free, it may be a reason why people avoid testing.  So these are the things that the public should know as soon as possible,” she added.

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