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@YsabelwithaWhyy National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. on shortage of medical professionals: We have reduced the capacity of producing more college graduates for medical related degrees.
@YsabelwithaWhyy Galvez: We have a brain drain. We have exported more nurses than produced from 2015
@YsabelwithaWhyy Galvez: We have seen during the pandemic that most of the hospitals closed half of its capacity because of lack of nurses
@YsabelwithaWhyy Galvez presents the long-haul plan for the healthcare system in the next three years
@YsabelwithaWhyy Galvez proposes the establishment of a Center for Disease Prevention and Control to be included in the proposed Health Security bill
@YsabelwithaWhyy Galvez adds: Most of our special hospitals are concentrated in Quezon City. Many cities do not have specialized hospitals.
@YsabelwithaWhyy Galvez proposes: We should develop a St. Luke's capacity or Medical City capacity in the areas of Cagayan De Oro, Davao and Cebu
@YsabelwithaWhyy WHO Rep. Rabindra Abeyasinghe on the Philippine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Bill: The establishment of the Philippine CDC will be an informed step in enhancing the preparedness and response capacities of the national government
@YsabelwithaWhyy Abeyasinghe: We would like to propose to explore possible inclusion of a provision on special infectious disease hospitals in each of the regions to be used as training facilities in the management of specific diseases
@YsabelwithaWhyy Sen. Pia Cayetano asks in relation to the Medical Reserve Corps. bill: Kayang i-absorb sa NDRRMC (ang volunteers)? Is this an AFP-led endeavour?
@YsabelwithaWhyy Galvez: We can have a hybrid organization wherein the Armed forces and other services, 10% of recruitment will include medical professionals, meaning they will be enlisted to the Armed Forces
@YsabelwithaWhyy Sen. Richard Gordon on the DOH's suggestion to add the proposed CDC to the DOH: I most vigorously oppose that. The reason you want a Center for Disease Control is that you want doctors who are independent minded, not to tip-toe their way into a political minefield
@YsabelwithaWhyy Gordon on the proposed Medical Reserve Corps: If they want to volunteer they would always be welcome to but if there is a war or a very serious pandemic, then they will be conscripted to get into the military (1/2)
@YsabelwithaWhyy Gordon: ...and the military can send them to public, private or frontline activity so better you can have something to use than have nothing when you need it (2/2)
@YsabelwithaWhyy Gordon mentions that he filed a bill for private hospitals to have their own 'oxygen generation capability' after seeing the serious COVID-19 situation in India.
@YsabelwithaWhyy Earlier, Sen. Imee Marcos said each LGU should have a database of medical workers, adding that it is 'critical in the establishment of said reserve corps'
@YsabelwithaWhyy Earlier, DOH Usec. Ma. Rosario Vergeire proposed to the panel: The CDC take on surveillance and policy while the Bureau of Quarantine will be the implementing arm.

Vergeire says this will allow proactive international surveillance and strong border control.
@YsabelwithaWhyy Vergeire also proposed that under the National Health Security bill, the NDRRMC should be designated as the national task force during public health emergencies to have a coordinated response infrastructure.
@YsabelwithaWhyy Vergeire also proposed that the CDC bill should strengthen the RITM's mandate as a reference laboratory vs service lab or service provider.
@YsabelwithaWhyy Vergeire stresses the need for trained human resources in public health management, epidemiology functions, risk communication and patient navigation.

Vergeire: We only have less than 10 functional epidemiology and surveillance units among our different LGUs.

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