Trillanes proposes 5-point MECQ plan: Door-to-door COVID testing, convert school into treatment centers, hire nursing grads
Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has presented five proposals, including intensified testing and treatment, to combat coronavirus during the coronavirus lockdown in Metro Manila and four areas.
Trillanes suggested the conversion of schools into treatment centers and door-to-door testing of people in coronavirus-hit communities. These measures would help in addressing “the worsening cases of COVID-19″ without choking the local economy, he said.
The former senator made the recommendations after criticizing the government’s alleged failure to present a clear action plan during the MECQ period.
“The pitiful condition of our healthcare workers is brought by the Duterte administration’s failure to provide a comprehensive and doable action plan to control the spread of the virus despite the long and harsh lockdown it implemented,” Trillanes said in a Facebook post.
“Kung mag lockdown ng two weeks pero wala rin namang gagawing makabuluhan, wala ring saysay. Lalo lang magko-collapse ang ekonomiya,” he said.
The former lawmaker posted on Facebook the following five proposals:
1. Convert some public schools into makeshift treatment centers for moderate COVID patients.
2. Mobilize willing senior nursing students or unemployed nursing graduates to work with pay as nursing assistants in public or private hospitals at government expense. Provide for makeshift sleeping areas
for them to optimize both resting and service time.
3. Employ family doctors to 6-month contracts with generous compensation.
4. Government to require alcohol and surgical mask producers to increase their production and procure their produce for mass distribution to hospitals, frontliners and disinfection operations.
5. Conduct mobile/door-to-door RT-PCR testing in barangays with high cases of COVID-19. These tests should be free.
More than 100,000 people have so become infected with the dreaded disease in the country. Medical frontliners have also asked the government to implement stricter lockdowns to curb the outbreak and provide a “timeout” for the healthcare personnel and resources.