1. Health workers are exhausted and they sorely need a break. 2. The proposed solution is to revert back to ECQ (or impose more stringent restrictions on movement).
Both are important but should be addressed separately. 1/
HWs are tired. Their patient load continues to increase but their own numbers are decreasing. Many are getting sick themselves.
Their morale is low because gov't has let them down. They can't get the protection and benefits they deserve.
They need time to rest, to breathe. 2/
Jul 19, 2020 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
We are NOT doing better.
Our people are getting sick. Our health workers are bearing the burden. Our health system is straining.
But govt is still singing a different tune.
We need to debunk the lies and expose the false narratives of the Du30 govt re PH COVID-19 response. 1/
"We were unprepared for this." - Usec Vergeire
It's been almost 6 months after the first COVID case in PH. Unpreparedness is no longer a valid excuse.
You were late. You were overconfident. You had no sense of urgency. You still don't.
Taga-bilang na lang ba ang DOH, Usec? 2/
Jul 10, 2020 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
The recent Cebu fiasco reveals much about the level of (un)preparedness vs COVID-19 in PH, esp by the DOH.
We should learn from it ASAP if we want to stave off an impending disaster here in NCR and in other COVID hotspots. 1/
In terms of health capacity, Cebu is neither underserved nor resource poor. It has several big tertiary hospitals as well as medical and health sciences schools.
Yet in less than two weeks, the system was overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases.
This is not due to "mga pasaway" alone. 2/
Jun 2, 2020 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
One wonders the motive behind the sudden "change of heart" by the PMA, given that there has not been any significant change in the quality of antibody rapid test kits. 1/
Philippine Medical Association now supports antibody rapid test kits | Inquirer News newsinfo.inquirer.net/1284497/philip…
PMA: "I would like to say not all antibody test [kits] are created equal."
YES, some kits are worse than others. There are no new qualitative improvements in the rapid tests, which begs the question:
What is the PMA getting out of this?
The conflict of interest is palpable. 2/
May 24, 2020 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
There are thousands and thousands of doctors here and globally who recognize and practice different types of medicine, not just Western med.
This is because each type of healing has its own strengths and limitations, and using a compendium of approaches allows for better care.1/
Pasma exists. So does usog, kulam, and bangungot. Patients will consult for these and we should not just dismiss them. Medical anthropology clarifies these.
Western medicine and science has no monopoly on health and healing. Acupuncture predates both by several centuries.2/
Apr 24, 2020 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
Contradictions in the current handling of the COVID-19 crisis in PH.
Or why we are royally screwed.
Quarantine is a public health measure but instead of health personnel being in command, it is the military, police, and former generals.
No wonder there are 2x more people arrested than people tested.
And the tendency is the to arrest and/or shoot rather than to save lives.
Apr 2, 2020 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Some considerations on the issue of the enhanced community quarantine aka the lockdown.
1. The lockdown was arbitrarily imposed without any clear set of criteria as basis and without clear objectives.
This is important because whether or not the objectives were met should be the basis for saying it succeeded.
Hindi yung pagbaba ng crime rate ang batayan. 1/
Mar 27, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Sa tindi ng pangangailangan ngayon, sa bigat ng banta ng epidemya at sa laki ng pera na ilalabas,
gusto nyo ay VOLUNTEERS na health workers na bibigyan ng 500 pesos daily allowance?!
INSULTO yan, hindi respeto.
Hindi talaga seryoso ang gobyernong ito sa paglaban sa COVID-19.
Ang panawagan nga ng taumbayan para sa mga daily wage earners ay 750 pesos per day, tapos ang ibibigay sa mga health workers ay mas mababa pa?
Kailangan natin ng dagdag health workers na haharap sa panganib, dahil kumokonti sila habang dumadami ang pasyente.
Mar 26, 2020 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
That every politician who ascended thru affluence have flaunted their entitlement is not new.
Displaying their privilege and arrogance amid public suffering is also not new.
But even callousness and people's polite civility have limits.
Yesterday, a senator breached both. 1/
He cannot feign ignorance or stupidity, as he is a lawyer and bar topnotcher.
He cannot say that his presence is essential because his baby will be delivered with or without him.
And after being tested, he actually still attended parties!
In short, he really did not care. 2/
Mar 17, 2020 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
Kulang sa kits? Swedish model?
How to debunk the erroneous narratives being dished out by govt apologists and paid trolls.
1/1. Kulang daw sa kits kahit sa ibang bansa.
Sa totoo, kulang tayo ng kits kasi the govt failed to act early and decisively.
Nung pumutok yung COVID at may confirmed cases na dito, hindi mabilis na kumilos ang govt.
Todo tanggi pa nga ang DOH na "weak health system" tayo.