Ex-Health Sec. Garin: PH needs COVID-19 hospital

Iloilo Representative and former Health Secretary Janette Garin on Thursday urged the government to have a hospital dedicated for patients under investigation for possible infection with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and patients who already tested positive for the deadly virus.

In a press forum in Quezon City, Garin reiterated her earlier suggestion to convert the Lung Center of the Philippines to a hospital focused on treating Covid-19 patients, saying this move will help minimize virus transmission from a Covid-19 patient to a non-infected person.

She also noted that having a hospital focused on treating Covid-19 patients may help absolve issues regarding hospital admission, as some of the health institutions reject patients for overcrowding or lack of supplies, among others.

Meantime, Garin clarified there are still no Covid-19 test kits available or ready for public use, as these would first need certificate of product registration (CPR) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and validation from the World Health Organization (WHO) after testing its effectiveness in terms of specificity and sensitivity.

Garin, however, said the WHO may be able to validate the testing device in 3-4 months.