DOH should’ve been ‘clearer’ about home quarantine guidelines; Palace blames DOH for spread of COVID-19

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Malacañang said on Thursday the Department of Health (DOH) should have been clearer about the guidelines on home quarantine early, as they blamed the health department as this contributed to the spread of the respiratory disease.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the DOH failed to point out that COVID-19 patients under home quarantine should have their own room and bathroom.

The guidelines also provide that the patient must not be sharing the house with an elderly, pregnant, or person with an illness.

“I have to recognize the DOH perhaps should have been clearer at the onset na stay at home if you have your own room and your own bathroom,” Roque said in a televised briefing.

“Kaya tingin ko, isa sa dahilan ito kaya tumaas ang numero natin. Pero we are rectifying it now, we have fully intensified our testing.”

“I think hindi naging malinaw kasi ‘yung sinabi ng DOH that asymptomatic and the mild [cases] can stay home. Hindi nila nilinaw na you must have your own room and bathroom (I think the statement of the DOH that asymptomatic and the mild cases can stay home was not clear. They did not clarify that you must have your own room and bathroom.),” he said.

“Sa tingin ko, isa sa mga dahilan ito kaya tumaas ang numero natin. But we’re rectifying it now. We have fully intensified our testing (I think this is among the reasons our numbers increased. But we’re rectifying it now. We have fully intensified our testing.),” he said.

Recently, the government launched Oplan Kalinga in which patients who fail to meet the qualifications for home quarantine will be escorted from their houses to government isolation facilities.

Local health officials will lead in going house-to-house to search for mild and asymptomatic cases. The police will provide support or assistance in the transport of patients./Stacy Ang

 

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