Duque contradicts Duterte: safe to open classes this coming Aug. 24

Duque contradicts Duterte: safe to open classes this coming Aug. 24

In less than 24 hours, the Department of Health (DOH) Secretary refutes the President of the Republic regarding the latter’s decision in foregoing the opening of classes this year.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said it would be safe to proceed with the resumption of classes this coming August 24.

Duque, contradicted the announcement that it would be useless to talk about opening of classes without a vaccine that can cure COVID-19.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III
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"We will study this even more but for now we think it's safe to reopen classes by August 24. We just need to make sure that minimum standards for health are being met. These standards include physical distancing, frequent washing of the hands, and disinfecting classrooms," Duque said in a Senate hearing regarding managing health emergencies.

Duque said that schools can adopt thermal scanning measures and make hand sanitizers and alcohol readily available. 

Duque under pressure

A statement from a group of private hospitals -Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines Inc. (PHAPi) sent a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte for the replacement of Francisco Duque III as the DOH secretary and chairman of Philhealth and an appointment be made someone who can deliver the goods better in addressing the health concerns of the country.

Duque, has been in constant scrutiny because of the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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