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Albay Sangguian urges national gov’t to amend its protocols in dealing with PUIs

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The Albay Sangguniang Panlalawigan is urging the Department of Health to amend its protocol of sending home persons under investigations who are symptomatic patients to take self-quarantine.

The Albay SP just passed the “Resolution strongly urging for amendments on the policies/guidleine/protocols set forth by the IATF-DOH in relation to treatment of PUIs and COVID positive patients with mild symptoms.”

Albay Vice Governor Edcel Grex Lagman said that the DOH should not pass its obligation to the barangay officials who are not even health professionals.

“DOH, mali po ang protocol ninyo na pauwiin ang PUI na symptomatic na po as determined by doctors of the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) at ipa self-quarantine na lang ninyo sa kani-kanilang mga bahay,” said the Vice Governor.

“Huwag po ninyo ipasa ang obligasyon sa mga barangay captain at mga kagawad na hindi naman po mga duktor o health professionals. Eh paano kung nag-positive ang mga PUI? Paano kung di maayos o strikto ang pagseself-quarantine?” he asked.

Lagman also said that the national government “should listen” to the local officials because they are at the front line of the situatioin.

“Yes, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Albay’s (SPA) position is for the DOH to AMEND its protocols in our province. National governments should listen to local government officials because we know the situation on the ground and because your national health policies are not “one size fits all” strategies applicable to all local governments,” he said.