MANILA - Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon on Tuesday criticized the visit of Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Janette Garin and other top government officials to the quarantined peacekeepers from Ebola-hit Liberia.
Biazon, at the weekly "Ugnayan sa Batasan," said, "I think the visit of these high officials of the government was to say the least a misjudgment. Misjudgment not only in the actions that they did there but what they projected to the public."
"We have a protocol and there is no reason why protocols should be violated. We are endangering the people. The soldiers there know and understand why they have to be quarantined and I think the families know why the husbands, or sons or brothers will have to be quarantined because what is being safeguarded first are their families, their friends, the communities where they will be and probably the whole country so we cannot compromise the implementation of the protocol. There is no reason why the protocol may be violated," he said.
"She's a doctor, I am not," he added. "To me, the only mindset that everyone should have, the layman, the health workers, is strict implementation of the protocols."
"If the purpose is to talk… pero the fact that there was no personal protective equipment used to me, I think, is a violation of the protocol. The chief of staff is only taking the lead from the secretary. Pag sinabi ng secretary, hindi ka pwedeng sumama, ako lang," he said.
Biazon urged Garin, a former congresswoman, to take more precaution.
"Well, to be a little bit more careful next time, if there will be a next time. I think she should watch their temperature for 21 days. She's a doctor, not me," he said. "My statement is diplomatic."
He described the visit of Garin and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang as "carelessness" and "misjudgment"
"I think it's a misjudgment on the part of Garin," Biazon said.
Biazon has asked the DOH to prepare in case there is a need to quarantine large numbers of people.