Hontiveros urges DOH: Test asymptomatic persons for COVID-19 too, Baka Silent Carriers kasi

Hontiveros urges DOH: Test asymptomatic persons for COVID-19 too, Baka Silent Carriers kasi

Opposition senator Risa Hontiveros is urging the Department of Health (DOH) to so more with respect to the testing of persons who are asymptomatic of the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.

In a prepared statement, Hontiveros said testing is the only way to find out if a person is an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19.

“Given what we now know, government should not be prevented from testing asymptomatic persons, since it is clear that even people without symptoms of COVID-19 can carry and spread the disease among their families and communities. We have to test as many people as we can, as soon as we can,” she said.

Opposition senator Risa Hontiveros
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Currently, the Department of Health (DOH) due to the limited availability of testing kits prioritizes patients exhibiting symptoms for COVID-19.

Priority is also given to frontliners and members of the vulnerable sectors – senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWD’s).

The opposition senator is hoping more will be tested as the local government units starts their mass testing.

“Our testing protocols need to be updated to adapt to emerging realities on the ground, especially if the ECQ is extended to May. Our testing objectives must be expanded to service entire communities, frontliners, the elderly and immunocompromised persons,” she said.

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