"I will not join my colleagues to be tested for COVID-19. I have been relatively in involuntary quarantine for the past 3 years"

"I will not join my colleagues to be tested for COVID-19. I have been relatively in involuntary quarantine for the past 3 years"




This time I agree with detained senator Leila De Lima -  that she does not need to be tested for the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19

The opposition senator is currently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) over drug charges since 2017
said she has been in  “involuntary quarantine” for the past three years, she believes she is healthy.


“Just to be clear. I will not join my colleagues to be tested for COVID-19. I have been relatively in involuntary quarantine for the past 3 years. With God’s grace, I remain healthy,” De Lima said in a statement.
Detained Senator Leila De Lima
(photo credit to owner)

“The testing kit to be used on me is better given to a symptomatic PUI (patient under investigation).”
She takes note of the current shortage of testing kits for COVID-19, without any exposure she takes out her name for its use, and prioritize those who is more needed. The ideal scenario is mass testing. That is, of course, not feasible, given our very limited testing kits,” the opposition senator said.
“So let’s prioritize the testing of PUI and PUM cases, or the symptomatic patients and those exposed to them.”

The deatained senator said it is imperative that the government use the testing kits wisely, since supplies are currently limited.
“Let us use our limited testing kits sparingly or judiciously and only upon the recommendation of a physician or a health professional complying with testing standards,” she said.
She also criticizes the fact that government officials that of highest in rank were the first ones to get tested for the available COVID -19 testing kits when those badly needed to be tested had to wait.
“Hindi po puwedeng lahat na lang ng matataas na opisyales ay magpa-test kaliwa’t kanan kahit walang exposure at symptoms (It shouldn’t be that our highest officials would be the first to get testest left and right even though they have no direct exposure and symptoms),” she said.

“Mas kailangan po yang limitadong testing kits sa ating mga PUI at PUM  (patient under monitoring) cases (Those limited testing kits are needed by our PUIs and PUM cases),” De Lima stressed.



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