By Prince Golez
As coronavirus pandemic continues, President Rodrigo Duterte asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to operate “24 hours.”
In a televised public address Monday evening, Duterte urged both agencies to hire more doctors and medical technologists to improve workforce productivity.
“Iyong sabi ko we are not operating under normal battle conditions sabi ko. We are operating in a crisis. Kaya sabi ko for the FDA and ‘yung kay Boy, Secretary sa DOST, mag-doble sila ng tao. And the FDA pati ‘yung mga laboratories ng DOST, Boy, they must — your offices must run 24 hours,” according to the President.
“So magdagdag kayo ng maraming medtech o ‘yung mga naka-graduate na ng doktor naghihintay lang ng results or anybody of — nandiyan sa health services.
“I have authorized itong dalawang opisina FDA pati ‘yung DOST to employ as much as many that would be required para magmadalian and to enable the agencies to work day and night. Sabi ko kasi we are fighting a war here, a crisis,” he added.
FDA reviews applications on coronavirus test kits as well as potential treatments for the viral disease while the DOST studies possible potential candidates for treating the viral disease.