Ex-IATF adviser blasts DOH anew after removal

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 18 2020 08:13 AM

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MANILA - Due to its alleged late reporting and slow actions, the Department of Health may be held "accountable" for the hundreds of patients who died from the novel coronavirus in the country, a former adviser to the Philippines COVID-19 task force said early Thursday.

Public health expert Dr. Tony Leachon criticized the supposed lapses and irregularities of the DOH -- which may have caused more deaths in the country -- and the delayed reporting of coronavirus cases and fatalities.

"Ang pagkilos ng Department of Health in this time of crisis, mabagal. Ang kanilang data management, masama. Ang execution of plans nila, masama," he said.

The veteran physician said the DOH's daily release of 'fresh' and ‘late’ COVID-19 test results is non-existent in other countries that are also suffering from the coronavirus pandemic.

"Ngayon lang ako nakakita ng mga recording ng mga cases na 'yan. Ito'y parang nilalaro lang ng Department of Health. Buhay ito eh," he said.

"Maaaring liable sila sa pagkamatay ng maraming Pilipino dahil ang data na kanilang chine-churn out ay napaka-late."

Leachon called on the DOH to report 'transparently, straightforward, and openly' on updates regarding the COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines.

He was recently fired by The National Task Force (NTF) on COVID-19 due to his "preemptive" releases of information.