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Daming paligoy-ligoy! Duque says COVID-19 strategy to be developed in 7 days after doctors’ distress call

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Health Secretary Francisco Duque III continues to drag his feet on the COVID-19 pandemic even as medical frontliners have sounded off the alarm on how overwhelmed hospitals are in Metro Manila.

Duque on Saturday (August 1) vowed to raise the concerns of medical groups with the Inter-Agency task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), which is in charge of recommending policies on the COVID-19 pandemic to President Rodrigo Duterte.

Several medical groups appealed to the government to place Metro Manila under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) for two weeks to ease the burden on hospitals and medical workers amid the surge in COVID-19 cases.

“Fellow health workers, please know that as the Secretary of Health, I hear your pleas– and I will present these to the IATF. We have noted in particular your call for a time-out for the NCR. We will bring it to the full attention to the IATF and present to them more comprehensive strategies to protect our ranks,” Duque said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.

The Health Secretary vowed to include the medical frontliners’ appeal and recommendations as he hinted at a change in the government’s strategy against COVID-19, which will be developed in a week.

“We will revisit and include the inputs we have gathered in our overall game plan. The DOH will develop this strategy in coordination with out government and non-government counterparts in the next 7 days,” he said.

Duque rallied healthcare workers to keep on fighting as he claimed the battle against COVID-19 “is not hopeless.”

“Let us start today to rally ourselves to stem the tide of rising cases, and ultimately win against this coronavirus war,” he said.

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