What Health Secretary Francisco Duque III should be doing is to double down on putting his nose to the grindstone and shun the cringe-inducing dramatics of being under-appreciated as well as needing to do some soul searching.
Ditto for Covid-19 Testing “Czar” Secretary Vince Dizon.
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Most likely, the Covid-19 testing kits made by these two companies were used in hundreds of hospitals and clinics. False-negative readings could have contributed to increased disease transmissions and false-positives could have caused unnecessary emotional as well as financial trauma.
India pulled SD Biosensor’s Standard Q Covid-19 IgM/IgG Duo in July and suspended the company’s distribution license.
The other substandard Korean testing kit, Rapigen’s Biocredit Covid-19, failed the standards set by the Malaysian Ministry of Health’s Institute for Medical Research.
Biocredit Covid-19 was found to have a low sensitivity rate of 43.3 percent which makes it very likely to produce false positives.
Dizon and Duque should ban these two Korean Covid-19 testing kits IMMEDIATELY.
If my lawyer/columnist friends probably read about this latest slip up before putting out their opinion pieces this week, it probably would have added to their already lengthy lament over the horrible performance of the government’s Covid-19 response.
One of them, Atty. Goy Larrazabal, already scored the IATF’s ineffective reversion to a stricter community quarantine.
He writes: “Did the government do a comprehensive Triple T approach, which is the TEST, TRACE and TREAT? That’s a big no. In fact, many were shocked when the Department of Health issued a Public Advisory informing the general public that Filipinos should beware of scams of people claiming to be contact tracers, because…. There are no contact tracing teams of the Department of Health. That was mind-blowing considering the first official infection in the Philippines was way back in January, and we’re already August. Saying that’s scandalous doesn’t even begin to convey how disturbing that news was. I would not have believed it myself, except that it was an official announcement of the Department. So, August, and still no national contact tracing teams.”
But if ever contact tracing teams did their job right, their effort would be rendered meaningless by inaccurate Covid-19 testing kits.
The way things are going, with government’s ineptitude and Covid-19 paranoia driving the economy to the ground, we’re really up doo-doo creek without a paddle.
If that’s the case, the President could do all of us a favor by serving us up his inimitable candor and just tell us all during official business hours that… WE’RE DOOMED!
Either that, or really get heads rolling.