WHO worried in LGU’s poor compliance with DOH protocols

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday said the local government units’ “poor compliance” with protocols set by the Department of Health (DOH) is a “worrying situation.”

Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe, the WHO representative to the Philippines, lauded the DOH guidelines on managing COVID-19 cases and implementing quarantine protocols. She said the system was “very good” during the regular Laging Handa briefing.

However, Abeyasinghe pointed out that compliance with the guidelines “does not seem to be universally good.”

“The DOH issued very good guidelines in managing positive cases, how to quarantine them, but the implementation in local government units is different,” Abeyasinghe said.

“We see poor compliance with guidelines, we see [the] number of [COVID-19] cases increasing, and this is actually becoming a worrying situation,” Abeyasinghe added.

The WHO official also said the should invest and strengthen its contact tracing measures to minimize the health and economic impact of the pandemic.